ERIC Number: ED397929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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From Theory to Practice: Using Retention Research To Guide Assessment Efforts at a Community College.
Wall, Mary; And Others
Beginning in 1992, Atlantic Community College, in New Jersey, conducted a 4-semester study to determine which factors resulted in student attrition and whether the factors that affected retention changed during the study period. The study population included 119 degree-seeking students who entered in January 1992 and who took the state's basic skills test, as well as 198 telecourse students from fall 1994 who took a learning and study strategies inventory. Outcomes for the 1992 students were tracked over the study period, while grades were analyzed for the 1994 group. Results from the study included the following: (1) academic success, measured by previous semester grade point average, was a strong determinant of retention for all semesters and for long-term attendance and graduation; (2) students who tested into developmental courses on the basic skills test and who completed a required developmental course during their first semester persisted at the same or a higher rate as students who tested at college-level, while developmental students who did not complete a developmental course in their first semester had significantly lower retention rates; (3) gender and ethnicity variables were not found to be related to retention; and (4) older telecourse students (i.e., over 24) were more successful than younger students, while there were no differences in success rates by gender or ethnicity. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Atlantic Community Coll., Mays Landing, NJ.