ERIC Number: ED302314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: 0
JTCC's Holding Power: A Study of Student Retention. Fall 1987 to Winter & Spring 1988.
John Tyler Community Coll., Chester, VA. Office of Institutional Research.
In 1988, a study was conducted at John Tyler Community College (JTCC) to investigate patterns in student retention during the 1987-88 academic year. A survey was mailed to 124 full-time and 237 part-time students who enrolled in the fall quarter but did not return for the winter or spring quarters. Study findings, based on a 50% response rate, included the following: (1) 52.5% of the 4,855 students who attended JTCC in fall 1987 did not attend the subsequent winter or spring quarters; (2) 95% of the non-returning students were attending part time; (3) the highest attrition rates were found among students who were attending JTCC to upgrade or develop their skills; (4) 84% of the non-returning students had earned 15 or fewer credits; (5) the top three reasons for full-time respondents not returning to JTCC were "lack of time due to job requirements,""lack of time due to family responsibilities," and "financial problems"; (6) the top three reasons for part-time students not returning were "lack of time due to job requirements,""completed courses I desired to take," and "lack of time due to family responsibilities"; (7) at the time of the survey, a majority of both the full- and part-time respondents were employed full time and were not attending school; and (8) a majority of the full- and part-time respondents felt that JTCC was very or somewhat helpful in assisting them to achieve their goals, and stated that they planned to return to JTCC in the future. The survey instrument is included. (AAC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Enrollment Influences, Followup Studies, Full Time Students, Grade Point Average, Part Time Students, Questionnaires, Student Attrition, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Tyler Community Coll., Chester, VA. Office of Institutional Research.