ERIC Number: ED356024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Transfer and Graduation Rates, Full-Time Entrants after 4 Years. Revised Brief RB93-16.
Clagett, Craig A.
Drawing from annual data provided by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Prince George's Community College (PGCC) in Maryland conducted a study of the status of first-time, full-time students at PGCC 4 years after entry. In particular, the study examined the number and percentages of students earning certificates and associate degrees and/or transferring to a four-year college or university in Maryland. Study results, covering all nine student cohorts entering PGCC in fall terms 1980 through 1988, included the following: (1) since the mid-1980's, the trend has been toward declining graduation rates accompanied by increasing rates of transfer without first earning an award from PGCC; (2) both black and white student cohorts have experienced declining rates of Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree attainment; (3) for those first-time, full-time students entering PGCC in fall 1988, graduation rates were 15.9% for whites and 5.1% for blacks, all time lows for both groups; (4) the 1986, 1987, and 1988 black student cohorts transferred at a steady rate of 14% to 15%, while white students have shown dramatically higher transfer rates in recent years, increasing from 30% for the 1984 cohort to 40% for the 1988 cohort; and (5) in comparisons with four peer community colleges in Maryland, PGCC's A.A. graduation rate for the 1988 cohort of 10.6% was approximately half that of three of the four peer colleges, and PGCC's in-state transfer rate of 27.9% was lower than all four peer institutions. Seven data tables and graphs are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Cohort Analysis, College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Enrollment Trends, Followup Studies, Full Time Students, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, State Norms, Transfer Rates (College), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.