ERIC Number: ED325152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Fall 1989-Spring 1990 Retention Analysis. Enrollment Analysis EA91-3.
Clagett, Craig A.
Fall-to-spring retention rates were calculated at Prince George's Community College (PGCC) for several demographic groups and for first-time students attending the college in fall 1989. Data from longitudinal studies were included to provide a more complete picture of student persistence at PGCC. Study findings included the following: (1) 60% of all students enrolled in fall 1989 returned in spring 1990, including 77% of the full-time students and 54% of the part-timers; (2) degree-seeking students had a higher retention rate (77%) than non-degree-seeking students (54%); (3) students attending only day classes had a higher retention rate (66%) than those attending only night classes (50%), but a lower rate of retention than those attending both day and night classes (73%); (4) first-time students had a lower retention rate (61%) than continuing students (68%), but a higher rate than transfer students (48%); (5) first-time students whose reason for attending PGCC was to prepare for transfer had the highest retention rate (70%), while those attending to update job skills had the lowest (37%); (6) males and females returned at approximately the same rate (59% vs 60%); (7) retention rates were 69% for Asian students, 61% for White students, 59% for Native Americans, and 58% for both Black and Hispanic students; (8) students under 21 years of age and over 59 had the highest rates of retention (68% and 63%, respectively); (9) the Radiography, Nursing, and Hotel Management Certificate programs had retention rates over 70%; and (10) the top reasons for discontinuing study were employment demands, insufficient time, financial reasons, transfer to another college, change in family situation, and achievement of goals. (GFW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.