ERIC Number: ED256421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Retention Rate Related to Choice of First Term Coursework. Research Report No. 82-39.
A study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College to determine whether a student's choice of first-term courses related to subsequent retention. The database used for the study was the Basic Skills Validity Studies file, which contains records on all first-time-in-college students tested during the fall 1980-81 term, including information on the developmental and core courses taken by the students and the total credits carried during the term. Study findings indicated that taking extra coursework beyond developmental and core courses during the first term improved student retention. For students with low basic skills levels, optimal retention occurred when a mix of core, developmental, and extra coursework was taken. Students who chose to take only developmental courses had quite low retention rates, as did students who chose to take only non-developmental/non-core courses. While the retention rate for part-time students was generally much lower than that for full-time students, in every case the selection of an extra course during the first term improved retention. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.