ERIC Number: ED257537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Retention Study of Entering Students in Basic Skills Courses and Students in Non-Basic Skills Courses.
This report presents comparative information on full-time students at Hudson County Community College who were required to take basic skills courses and full-time students who did not have to take basic skills courses. Data are provided on 413 students (291 basic skills and 122 non-basic skills students) whose progress was followed from their enrollment in Fall 1981 for five semesters the Fall 1983. In nine statistical tables the report provides information on retention patterns, the number of semesters enrolled, the impact of the "stopout" phenomenon, graduation data, enrollment by division, and exit performance and retention. Highlights of the report include: (1) students in need of no basic skills courses were more likely to return to the college than those students requiring such courses; however, the difference disappeared during the fifth semester after initial enrollment; (2) students in need of basic skills were more likely to have enrolled for one semester; (3) the "stopout" phenomenon was not a significant factor for either group of students; (4) 20% of the non-basic skills students received a degree within two years; and (5) one-third of the 291 students in need of basic skills exited from their basic skills courses. Of those who exited, 59% accomplished this at the completion of their first semester, 28% after two semesters, and 12% after completing three semesters. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson County Community Coll., Jersey City, NJ.