ERIC Number: ED339440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Student Retention at Piedmont Virginia Community College, 1990-1991. Research Report Number 7-91.
Head, Ronald B.
Sixth in Piedmont Virginia Community College's (PVCC's) annual series, this student retention study was conducted to provide collegewide retention rates aggregated by a variety of institutional and student characteristics, and to ascertain major differences between returning and non-returning students. Official end-of-term data for the 1990-91 school year were examined to yield multiple retention measures. Major findings included the following: (1) over one-half of all students enrolled at PVCC during fall 1990 returned and completed spring term 1991; (2) over 80% of all full-time students returned to PVCC, as did over 45% of all part-time students; (3) overall, retention figures for 1990-91 were quite similar to figures for 1989-90 and 1988-89; (4) the retention rate for full-time female students was higher than that for full-time male students (87.8% versus 78%); (5) while in 1988-89 the retention rate for full-time black students had been 22.3% lower than that for full-time white students, in 1990-91, the retention rate for full-time black students (85.3%) surpassed that for full-time white students (82.8%) by 2.5%; (6) the retention rate for returning students was 85.5%, while the rate for new students was 79.2%; (7) retention rates for programs leading toward the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree were slightly lower than those for programs leading toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in 1990-91; and (8) demographically, returning and non-returning students were similar, with the exception that approximately two-thirds of the full-time, non-returning students were male. Data tables are provided. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Piedmont Virginia Community Coll., Charlottesville, VA. Office of Institutional Research and Planning.