ERIC Number: ED374871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Retention Survey of Students: Suggestions for Change and Improvement and Reasons Why Students Leave. Report of Retention Survey of the President's Task Force on Retention, Special Report 93.06.
In November 1993, Hudson County Community College (HCCC) surveyed a sample of enrolled credit students to understand retention and attrition at the college. The survey asked students to list briefly things HCCC could change or improve to improve retention and to indicate why students they knew had left HCCC before finishing their program. In order to reach students with as wide experiences as possible, the survey was administered in 24 courses sections selected on the basis of academic and language preparation, location, and instructor characteristics. Survey findings, based on responses from 10% of the 3,445 credit students enrolled that term) included the following: (1) suggestions for change or improvement fell into the following categories: 33% - facilities, parking, and classroom equipment; 17% - curriculum and courses; 16% - college services; 14% - instruction; 13% - academic support; 7% - finances; (2) day students offered suggestions for improvement at a higher rate than evening students (96% versus 77%); and (3) of the 250 students who knew someone who left HCCC, 23% indicated that the reason for dropping out was related to curriculum and courses; 22% indicated that the reason related to finance and time; 16% reported an instruction-related reason; 12% reported a personal reason; and 9% each reported reasons related to academic placement/grades and college services. The study report includes sample questionnaires in three languages. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hudson County Community Coll., Jersey City, NJ. Office of Planning and Institutional Research.