ERIC Number: ED429642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services for Community College Retention.
This article assesses the effectiveness of student retention in the community college system, using as an example, the Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOP&S) program, which is available at all 106 California community colleges. EOP&S provides activities that have proven to enhance persistence and academic achievements for 80,000 low income, educationally disadvantaged students enrolled in the program. This document discusses the community college environment; retention research and persistence models; EOP&S progress toward student integration and involvement; definitions; and student performance. Results of current EOP&S research indicate significant levels of persistence with high-risk community college populations. Statewide data reveals the following performance trends: (1) EOP&S students had a four year average persistence rate of 82.64% from 1993 to 1997, in contrast to a 53.95% persistence rate for Non-EOP&S students who were enrolled full time the first ten days of instruction during the four Fall terms; and (2) The EOP&S students yielded an average GPA of 2.0 or greater for 78.6% of the students served in contrast to 81% for non-EOP&S students. These results support Tinto's theory that the more students are involved in the college environment, the more they positive their experiences. Table 1 and charts 1-4 indicate statewide persistence data for fall and spring enrollments. (Contains 91 references.) (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Statewide Conference (8th, Monterey, CA, March 1999).