ERIC Number: ED382273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Tracking Student Progress at PGCC: Basic Findings of the 1990 Entering Cohort, Four Year Academic Outcomes Analysis. Enrollment Analysis EA95-7.
Prince George's Community College, in Maryland, has developed a typology of student academic outcomes which takes into account the possibilities inherent in an open enrollment student body. The outcomes in the typology are award and transfer; transfer/no award; award/no transfer; traditional achievers, a summary of these three outcomes; sophomore status in good standing; all achievers, combining traditional achievers and sophomores; persisters, or those still enrolled but not falling into the achiever categories; achievers/persisters; other exiters, or dropouts; and special motive students who had indicated a short-term goal. An application of this typology to the cohort of all 2,643 first-time students who entered in fall 1990 revealed that after 4 years: (1) 28% were classified as achievers; (2) 16% proved to be traditional achievers, with 2% earning awards and transferring, 4% earning only an award, and 10% transferring without an award; (3) 13% were sophomores in good standing, while another 7% were persisters; (4) 65% were classified as other exiters, while 10% were classified as special motive students; (5) when general success rates were calculated for various demographically defined sub-cohorts, Asians, Whites and foreign students tended to out-achieve African-Americans and Hispanics; and (6) students most likely to receive achiever status were those with stated transfer motives, non-developmental students, those averaging 9+ credit hours per major term, and those pursuing core transfer or technical professional degree programs. (KP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Cohort Analysis, College Outcomes Assessment, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Dropouts, Ethnic Groups, Longitudinal Studies, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.