ERIC Number: ED301269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Student Retention Study: Brunswick Junior College.
Langley, Harry M.
The student retention study described in this report was conducted by Brunswick Junior College (BJC) to identify ways of improving the persistence of students until they achieve their academic goals. After part I discusses the purposes of the study and the characteristics of the college, parts II and III examine the college's retention rates for first-time freshmen and all undergraduates and explain that accurate data on graduation rates are not available. Part IV examines the causes of student attrition. This section provides a review of the literature on variables affecting attrition and a summary of institutional research on: (1) night school students; (2) BJC dropouts, fall to winter 1984 and winter to spring 1984; (3) educational needs perceived by high school seniors, BJC students, alumni, faculty, and staff; (4) BJC dropouts fall to winter 1982 and winter to spring 1983; (5) the goals and educational status of non-returning students, 1983-84 and 1984-85; and (6) alumni. Part V discusses and evaluates the retention programs in operation at BJC, including student orientation, academic advising, a night school program, counseling, a tutorial laboratory and career development center, faculty support systems, financial aid, and a developmental studies program. This section also discusses plans for expansion and for retention programs for minority students. Finally, concluding remarks address developments that have hampered retention efforts, identify changes that must occur to rejuvenate the retention system, and offer 26 recommendations for change. A 26-item bibliography is included. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brunswick Junior Coll., GA.