ERIC Number: ED301302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Quarterly Student Retention at Piedmont Virginia Community College, 1987-1988. Research Report Number 10-88.
Head, Ronald B.
In 1987-88, a study was conducted at Piedmont Virginia Community College to determine between-quarter retention rates for various student groups and to compare the characteristics of returning and non-returning students. The study used end-of-quarter data to determine retention rates based on headcount and full-time equivalency. Rates were also calculated by full-/part-time status, freshman/sophomore status, academic program, degree goal, sex, race, age, and place of residence. Study findings, based on data for winter and spring 1983-84 through 1987-88, included the following: (1) 52.1% of the full- and part-time students enrolled in fall 1987 returned and completed the winter quarter; (2) winter-to-spring retention rates were 88.1% for full-time students and 48.6% for part-time students; (3) sophomores returned at a slightly higher rate than freshmen (i.e., 69.4% vs. 65.5% for fall-to-winter 1987-88); (4) retention of full-time, unclassified students was higher in 1987-88 than in 1986-87; (5) retention rates for full-time black students were 15% to 20% lower than those for full-time white students; (6) place of residence did not affect retention; (7) continued enrollment among part-time students was typically correlated with enrollment in a degree program and studying on campus during the day; and (8) retention rates for programs leading to Associate of Arts degrees were similar to those for Associate of Applied Science degree programs. (AAZC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Black Students, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Full Time Students, Part Time Students, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, White Students, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.