ERIC Number: ED417638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Undergraduate Persistence and Rates of Graduation: A Cohort Analysis of First-Time in College Freshmen.
The report summarizes a study of the six-year graduation rates of first-time college-degree-seeking undergraduates at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) (Florida). The purpose of the study was to (1) develop research methods that would be in compliance with the Student Right-to-Know Act (SRK), and to further investigate the composition of undergraduate cohorts at the university. The study examined rates of graduation and persistence for cohorts defined in the SRK who entered NSU in fall 1989, 1990, and 1991 as first-time freshmen. Results indicate that about 26 percent graduated within 6 years after entry, below the national rate of 45 percent and the aggregate rate of 53 percent in the Florida State University System. SRK cohorts were found to contain both traditional college-age students and nontraditional students who were older and had delayed college entry. Graduation and persistence rates were calculated for both student groups and for professional/liberal arts and career development program students, for age, and for racial/ethnic groups. Methodology and results are detailed, with data tables included. Comparative enrollments for all Florida independent colleges and universities are appended. (Contains six references.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, College Outcomes Assessment, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Compliance (Legal), Graduation, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Nontraditional Students, Racial Distribution, School Holding Power, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Transfer Students, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nova Southeastern Univ., Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Research and Planning.
Identifiers - Location: Florida
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