ERIC Number: ED241104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Student Enrollment Patterns, 1978-1983. Technical Report 84-01.
A study was conducted at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) to analyze student enrollment according to patterns of graduation, readmittance, and persistence. The years 1978 through 1983 were studied, and comparisons were made for both full- and part-time entrants over 6 consecutive semesters. Non-return rates and changes in program type after 1 semester were examined for 3 consecutive years (i.e., 1980-81, 1981-82, and 1982-83). Study findings included the following: (1) the 1-semester return rate for entering full-time students rose from 78% in fall 1978 to 83% in fall 1982; (2) spring entrants were less likely to return for the fall semester, with return rates ranging from 54% to 57%; (3) the percentage of students who switched from part-time to full-time status increased from 10% in fall 1978 to 15% in fall 1982; (4) the overall full-time student non-return rate declined from 21% among fall 1980 entrants to 17% for the fall 1982 entering cohort; (5) part-time student persistence remained relatively stable across all semesters in spite of a steady increase in part-time enrollment; (6) graduation rates were highest among full-time fall entrants after 4 semesters of attendance; (7) in general, graduation rates were higher for fall than for spring entrants even after 6 semesters of attendance; and (8) the largest decline in non-return rates for full-time students occurred in MCCC's certificate program. (Author/LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Community Coll., Trenton, NJ. Office of Institutional Research.