ERIC Number: ED398960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
RCCD Student Success Study, 1994-95. Final Report.
Axelson, Rick; Torres, David
To gather data on factors associated with the withdrawal of first-time students before they achieved their educational goals, Riverside Community College (RCC), in California, conducted a study of 742 students who were attending RCC for the first time in 1994-95. The students were surveyed by telephone during their first and second semesters and divided into 4 categories based on progress through the year: Type I students were under 25 and had attempted 12 units or more; Type II students were under 25 and had attempted 11 units or less; Type III students were 25 or older and had attempted 6 units or more; and Type IV students were 25 or older and had attempted 5 units or less. The highest persistence rate was experienced by Type I students, with a rate of 81%, followed by Type III students at 66.2%, Type II students at 58%, and Type IV students at 46%. Analyses of student responses indicated that displeasure over course availability, progress toward educational goals, and academic programs and services was highest among Type III students. In addition, the persistence of Type I and Type IV students was found to be only marginally influenced by their RCC experience, with approximately 90% of Type I departing students citing outside factors. Appendixes include a list of study design committee members, interview topics and questions for focus groups used to design the survey, the student telephone survey and follow-up, and summaries of focus group comments. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Riverside Community Coll. District, CA. Office of Institutional Research.