ERIC Number: ED310811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Programs That Promote Retention of Minority Students in Postsecondary Occupational Education.
State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.
In the late fall of 1988, a study was undertaken of retention efforts focusing on minority students enrolled in occupational education programs in New York two-year colleges. Specifically, the study sought to determine the extent to which the state's colleges had programs or services to facilitate the persistence and retention of minority students once enrolled, and to profile these programs and services for dissemination to postsecondary educators across the state. Data were collected from a questionnaire mailed to the chief academic and chief student personnel officers at 61 two-year colleges in New York. Major findings from the 45 usable forms received included the following: (1) 63.8% of the chief administrators rated the need to specifically address the retention of minority students as substantial, 27.7% rated the need as moderate, while 8.5% indicated very little need; (2) primary barriers identified in the retention of minority students included the lack of college funds, job/family responsibilities of students, inability to afford college, the lack of minority faculty and staff, and a college location outside of minority concentrations; (3) 50.5% of colleges indicated that segments of recruitment presentations in the community were designed specifically for minority students, while almost 24% reported early warning systems and preregistration campus visitations designed for targeted populations; and (4) retention efforts geared primarily to minority students included support groups, special advertising, intrusive or directive academic advising, and bridge and orientation programs. The bulk of the document consists of profiles of sixty-six retention programs that provide the following information: purpose of the program; a brief description; source of financial support; evidence of success; program contact; and the institution of origin. The survey instrument is appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Grants Administration.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany. Two Year Coll. Development Center.
Identifiers - Location: New York