ERIC Number: ED308910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul-31
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of FAME Program on Recruitment and Retention of Black Students into Florida Community College at Jacksonville.
Gordon, Howard R. D.
A study was conducted in 1989 to determine the impact of the Factors Affecting Minority Enrollment (FAME) program on the recruitment and retention of black students at Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ). The FAME program offers minority and low-income high school students a 10-week, precollege orientation focusing on FCCJ's degree and certificate programs; a 7-credit summer program including a course on "Student Success,""English Composition I", and "Dynamics of Behavior" or an equivalent social science course; and $1,000 incentive grants for two students. The program evaluation sought to determine FAME completion rates, subsequent rates of enrollment at FCCJ, withdrawal patterns among college programs, and degree completion rates. The subjects of the study were 1,048 black students from 12 randomly selected Jacksonville area public high schools who had participated in the FAME program between 1985 and 1989. Major findings included the following: (1) 353 of the participants attended five or more FAME sessions, and 270 eventually enrolled at FCCJ; (2) 75% of the FAME participants were female; (3) during 1986, 1987, and 1989, there was a decline in the percentage of participants who completed the FAME program; (4) the average length of time taken to enroll at FCCJ after participating in the FAME program was one year, although 24% of the students enrolled three to six months later and 8% enrolled at FCCJ after three or more years; (5) 52% of the FAME students attending FCCJ enrolled on a part-time basis; and (6) by 1989, 11% of the FAME/FCCJ students had received associate degrees. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Junior Coll., Jacksonville.