ERIC Number: ED361057
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Challenging the "Revolving Door Syndrome." ERIC Digest.
Ignash, Jan M.
The "revolving door syndrome" refers to the ease with which students are able to enroll in community colleges and the equal ease with which they can drop out. In addition to traditional retention strategies, such as assessment, placement, orientation and advising, innovative approaches have been implemented at five community colleges nationwide. At St. Louis Community College, in Missouri, an effort was made to focus on stopouts by sending letters to all non-returning students in summer 1990, expressing continued interest in the student and reminding them of fall registration dates. The intervention resulted in a statistically significant increase in student re-enrollment. As the result of a survey of the educational goals of non-returning students at Del Mar College, in Texas, a standardized educational plan for all undeclared majors was initiated and public relations staff were made available for assistance during registration. Pennsylvania College of Technology achieved a 4% increase in retention of new students by ensuring that orientation activities such as advising, testing, scheduling, and campus tours were all accomplished on one day, while students at Miami-Dade Community College, in Florida, are sorted into groups based on test scores and provided with academic support throughout their program. Finally, the Puente Project at 23 California community colleges provides developmental English classes, mentors, and peer support for Latino/Chicano students. (ECC)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Early Intervention, Educational Innovation, Mentors, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, School Counseling, School Holding Power, School Orientation, School Surveys, Stopouts, Student College Relationship, Student Development, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.