ERIC Number: ED325147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Project Pathways: A Longitudinal Investigation of Academic Persistence. Interim Report.
Falcone, Andrew J.
A longitudinal study was conducted of enrollment patterns and student persistence at the Metropolitan Community Colleges of Kansas City, Missouri. The entire fall 1987 first-time freshman population of 2,994 students was followed from entry through spring 1989 to identify patterns in the enrollment and characteristics of persisters, dropouts, and stopouts. Major findings of the study were as follows: (1) only 4.7% of the fall 1987 freshman population received a certificate or degree in the 2-year period; (2) 27.7% of the group were continuously enrolled for all four terms, and, of these students, 15.3% received a certificate or degree; (3) 8.6% were enrolled for three consecutive semesters, and 23% were enrolled for two consecutive semesters; (4) 9.9% stopped out for one or more semesters and subsequently reenrolled; (5) black students represented 12.2% of the freshman group as a whole, but only 9.2% of the continuously enrolled students; (6) females, who represented nearly 58% of the fall 1987 freshmen, were overrepresented in first-semester dropouts and groups with disrupted enrollment patterns; (7) students who were continuously enrolled had the highest grade point averages (GPA's) and completed twice as many credit hours as any other group; and (8) the intention to take only selected courses was related to enrollment for fewer semesters and lower GPA's. (GFW) (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Black Students, Community Colleges, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Enrollment Trends, Longitudinal Studies, School Holding Power, Stopouts, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Terminal Students, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Community Colleges of Kansas City, MO.