ERIC Number: ED362250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Minority Student Achievement Report. Report BT94-3.
Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.
Prince George's Community College (PGCC), in Maryland, has monitored minority student performance for over a decade, and has several programs in place to assist minority students in their endeavors at the college. The college's enrollment has always reflected the demographics of Prince George's County, mirroring the rapid changes in the county's racial composition over the past 20 years. In fall 1993, black students accounted for 58% of PGCC's credit headcount, with half of the college's engineering department consisting of Black students. Minority student enrollment increased 40% between 1987 and 1993, while White student enrollment declined 36%. Studies have found that about a fourth of the students entering PGCC each fall attend only one semester. Many other students have patterns of interrupted attendance. Three-fifths of the students starting PGCC in the fall return for the following spring semester, with Asian students demonstrating the highest fall-to-spring retention rates (69%) and Black students the lowest (56%). In fall 1993, graduation rates for both Whites (15.9%) and Blacks (5.1%) were at all-time lows, with the graduation rate for Blacks being half what it was 8 years before. The last three African American cohorts have transferred at a steady rate of 14-15%, while Whites have had dramatically higher rates (40%) of the 1988 cohort had transferred within 4 years of entry to PGCC). In all placement tests (reading, composition, and three mathematics subtests, Black students had the lowest average scores. PGCC has four programs designed to improve minority improvement, including special testing and advisement services for high school students, a recruitment program for disadvantaged and disabled vocational high school students, and programs designed to draw minority students into science, mathematics, engineering and biomedical fields. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Attendance, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Minority Groups, School Demography, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Student Placement, Student Recruitment, Transfer Programs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.