ERIC Number: ED225604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Community College Retention Research.
Clagett, Craig A.
Drawing from literature and research conducted at Prince George's Community College (PGCC), this report discusses student retention in community colleges in the U.S.; outlines retention indicators and strategies; and presents a summary of findings from PGCC's retention studies. After a brief overview of the challenge of student retention in the community colleges, the report assesses the weight of academic variables, college environment, financial factors, and motivational, demographic, and personality variables associated with student attrition. Next, the report summarizes findings from PGCC's studies of term-to-term retention, within-term attrition, and course pass rates. A series of student retention strategies developed at PGCC are then outlined, including the creation of a retention task force, the development of an orientation course for students, more control of student advisement services for probationary students, a retention workshop for faculty and administrators, and the provision of academic credit for developmental courses. Then, brief recommendations to help improve the prospects of student success in key courses are presented. Finally, recommendations are provided for facilitating student achievement through computer-assisted screening and advisement procedures. The bulk of the report consists of data tables on student retention and pass and withdrawal rates at PGCC. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD.