ERIC Number: ED310830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Staying in the Picture. Retention Program: Seeking the Answers, 1988-89.
Arapahoe Community Coll., Littleton, CO.
This report describes the work of a college-wide committee on enrollment management appointed in the spring of 1988 at Arapahoe Community College (ACC), in Colorado, to investigate causes of student attrition. Chapter 1 lists the main points considered by the committee in their research, including a definition of student persistence, the requirements of a data collection system, student and college characteristics that affect retention, characteristics of successful and unsuccessful retention projects, and possible courses of action. This chapter also briefly reviews several articles used by the committee in developing its approach. Chapter 2 provides data on ACC's early alert system, in which instructors identify high risk students early in the term and contact these students by letter or phone, while chapter 3 identifies the characteristics of these high risk students, including whether they are of monority status, in the 24 or under age group, and enrolled full-time. Chapter 4 describes a follow-up study of no-shows to identify potential problem areas in the application/admissions process; while chapter 5 presents reasons that fall 1988 students gave for withdrawing, including conflicts with work, family illness, or transportation problems. Chapter 6 contains data from a survey of electronics students, including reasons for enrolling, grades received, and factors which contributed to withdrawal or failure. Chapter 7 describes a pilot survey designed to determine why students who attended in fall 1987 did not return in spring 1988; and chapter 8 provides data on retention for the 1987-88 and 1988-89 school years, indicating percentages of returning students by gender, educational goal, ethnicity, employment status, enrollment status, and major. Finally, chapter 9 lists the enrollment management committee's seven recommendations to improve student retention during 1989-90. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arapahoe Community Coll., Littleton, CO.