ERIC Number: ED345763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Retention Report for First-Time Entering Students to Midlands Technical College, 1988-1991. Report II.
Midlands Technical Coll., Columbia, SC.
In 1989, Midlands Technical College implemented a comprehensive student tracking and retention reporting system to provide data on first-time students beginning in fall 1988. Highlighted findings for 1988 through 1991 included the following: (1) the freshman to sophomore retention rate for the fall 1990 cohort was 53.8%, a 6.4% increase over the fall 1988 group; (2) the composition of the entering student cohort showed slight increases in the percentages of males, non-minorities, and part-time enrollees, as well as a significant increase in the percentage of students enrolled in partial or full developmental studies (DVS) classes during their first term; (3) the one-year retention rate of black students in the 1990 cohort increased by 9.2% over that of the 1988 cohort, while the two-year retention rate of black students in the 1989 cohort increased by 2.9% over that of the 1988 group; (4) retention among females increased from 51% for the fall 1988 cohort to 60.4% for the fall 1990 cohort, while male student retention increased from 42.5% to 45.8% during the same period; (5) the one-year retention rates of 1990 entering students enrolled in full or partial DVS classes their first term increased by 16.9% and 10.8%, respectively, when compared to their 1988 cohorts; (6) college-wide graduation rates within a two-year period decreased for the 1989 cohort when compared with the 1988 cohort; and (7) the first-year grade point averages of retained students rose steadily over the three years examined. The report provides detailed tables and graphs, as well as an appendix containing an aggregate retention report by program. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Comparative Analysis, Developmental Studies Programs, High Risk Students, Longitudinal Studies, Minority Groups, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Technical Institutes, Trend Analysis, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Midlands Technical Coll., Columbia, SC.