ERIC Number: ED269096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
The Class of 1984 Research Project.
A study was conducted to document the progress of students who entered Napa Valley College (NVC) in fall 1984 with the educational objective of earning a degree or certificate. Persistence rates, changes in enrollment status, grades, and withdrawal patterns of 2,319 first-time college students were monitored from fall 1984 to spring 1986. Study findings included the following: (1) 42% of the original sample group were still enrolled in spring 1985, and 24% were still enrolled in spring 1986; (2) semester-to-semester persistence rates tended to be higher among day students than evening students; (3) 36% of the students persisting at NVC in spring 1985 changed their enrollment status from full- to part-time; (4) among students who did not re-enroll in spring 1985, 55% received all F's, W's, and/or No Credit grades in fall 1984, an additional 22% received a mixture of passing and unsatisfactory grades, and the remaining 22% failed and/or withdrew from one or more of their courses in fall 1984 and then withdrew from all classes in spring 1985; (5) the decision of students to withdraw from college took place during the first and, to a lesser extent, second semester, in which they were enrolled; and (6) students who received unsatisfactory grades in one term were likely to receive unsatisfactory grades in subsequent semesters. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Napa Valley Coll., Napa, CA.