ERIC Number: ED346915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Suffolk Community College E.C.R.P. -- Eastern Campus Retention Program.
Manning, Randolph H.
Suffolk Community College Eastern Campus (SCCEC) designed and implemented a retention program built on the belief that access for students does not necessarily lead to success. The goal of the retention program was to increase retention of students by providing them with the skills and supports necessary to succeed. The group targeted for the retention program was the entire general college population, with special emphasis placed on those students at highest risk. Focusing on students' integration into campus life, the program included orientation, freshman seminar classes, academic advising, training and workshops for faculty and other key personnel, and universal testing. Universal testing, which accounted for the largest program expense, allowed for early identification of students with academic deficiencies, and proper placement of students into developmental courses. Enrollment and retention figures were constantly reviewed to help chart the success of the retention program. The retention rate for entering students still enrolled after one semester increased after the program was implemented in 1986 (i.e., from 73.3% in September 1986, to 78.8% in February 1987 and 88.9% in September 1988). Analyses of the initial enrollment questionnaire revealed that 39.9% of the student body was under 20 years of age; 46.7% took a full-time course load of 12 credits or more; 45% reported that they were attending college for job preparation, while 55.3% entered with the objective of receiving a certificate or degree; and 42.5% worked between 21 and 40 hours per week. Analyses showed a post-1987 increase in satisfactory completions of developmental courses. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Suffolk County Community Coll., Riverhead, NY. Eastern Campus.