ERIC Number: ED300101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Student Retention at Prince George's Community College. Research Brief RB89-6.
Clagett, Craig A.
A study was conducted at Prince George's Community College (PGCC) to examine student retention in two ways. First, the percentage of fall 1987 students who returned for classes the following spring was calculated for several student groups. Second, students entering PGCC for the first time in 1980 were tracked in terms of attendance and degree completion through spring 1988. Study findings included the following: (1) the overall fall 1987-spring 1988 retention rate was 59%, with full-time students returning at a rate of 78% compared to a part-time student return rate of 52%; (2) a telephone survey of fall 1987 students who did not return in spring 1988 found that "employment demands" was the most common reason for dropping out; (3) the programs with the highest return rates were Nursing, Legal Secretary, and Hospital Services Management; (4) 9 of the 12 programs with high retention rates were occupational, rather than transfer oriented; (5) fall-to-spring retention rates remained fairly stable over the past 3 years; (6) graduates of the class of 1987 took an average of nearly five years to earn their "two-year" degree; (7) over 25% of the 3,935 students who entered PGCC for the first time in fall 1980 attended only that one semester; (8) 31% of the fall 1980 entrants attended at least one more term, but had interruptions in their PGCC attendance; and (9) 488 of the original group earned an associate degree by the end of the spring 1988 semester. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research.