ERIC Number: ED370655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Pathways of Student Persistence and Performance at RSC. Annual Report.
Slark, Julie; Nguyen, Thao
Presenting data on student persistence at Rancho Santiago College (RSC), in California, through fall 1993, this three-part report presents longitudinal semester-to-semester persistence rates for 1983-1993; course completion rates, including grade and withdrawal distributions for every course and department for fall 1993; and data on associate degrees and certificates awarded through the 1992-93 academic year. Highlighted findings include the following: (1) for new students in fall 1993, 56% persisted to a second semester, an all-time high for RSC; (2) for the initial group studied at RSC in 1983, 23% were still enrolled four semesters later, 18% were still enrolled five semesters later, and 5% were still active twelve semesters later; (3) students who enrolled in fall 1993 and reported their goal as transfer with an Associate degree showed a persistence rate of 66% one semester later, while students enrolled for personal interests had a 29% return rate; (4) for fall 1993, 66% of all course enrollments resulted in successful completion; (5) fall 1993 completion rates were 59% for Hispanics, 72% for Asians, 60% for African-Americans, and 68%5 for Whites; (6) in 1992-93, 971 degrees were awarded, the largest number ever; (7) the time taken to earn a degree decreased dramatically over the past three years, with 84% of the 1992-93 graduates attending RSC four semesters or less; and (8) 21% of the 1992-93 graduates were Asian and 17% were Hispanic, both representing an increase over the past 5 years. (KP)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Asian Americans, Associate Degrees, Blacks, Community Colleges, Educational Certificates, Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Ethnic Groups, Grades (Scholastic), Hispanic Americans, Longitudinal Studies, School Holding Power, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rancho Santiago Community Coll., Santa Ana, CA. Office of Research, Planning, and Resource Development.