ERIC Number: ED226773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Staff and Program Development: Black Student Retention Project Report, 1980-81.
Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.
In April 1981, the Black Advisory Committee of Valencia Community College (VCC) recommended the implementation of a Black Student Retention Pilot Project to study reasons for the attrition of black students at the college; to identify factors positively affecting student retention; and to develop a computerized system to monitor black student enrollment, retention, and graduation. Activities were undertaken to gain visibility for the project (e.g., creating an advisory board and introducing the project to students through letters and orientation sessions), while at the same time developing a treatment model to provide tutorial assistance and support services to black students, analyze transcripts to identify students who were having academic difficulties or who had withdrawn, and determine student satisfaction with the college. Data collected at the end of the 1980-81 school year indicated that many students did not return to college because of lack of support and outreach efforts. Responses to a survey of non-returning students indicated that personal problems and "stopouts" were the main reasons for discontinuing studies. A separate survey of currently enrolled students revealed that programs stressing black awareness and workshops on study skills and test anxiety were among the support services desired by black students. Appendices include the survey instruments, and student data and comments. (HB)
Descriptors: Black Students, Blacks, Community Colleges, Computer Oriented Programs, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Enrollment Influences, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, School Surveys, Student Attrition, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.