ERIC Number: ED437094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Retention of Fall 1994 First-Time Students by Race.
Northern Virginia Community Coll., Annandale.
The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) tracked all students who first enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in the fall of 1994 for three years to learn the proportion and characteristics of those who were retained each semester. Retention rates were compared across different racial groups to answer the question of whether there were significant variations in retention rates across different racial groups, and what effect this may have on the retention rates at NVCC as an institution. To study retention patterns, OIR looked at the data for two major groups of students: all first-time students in the fall 1994 semester, and first-time students who were only enrolled full-time in the fall 1994 semester. OIR also examined both cohorts to see whether enrollment or non-enrollment in developmental or ESL courses during fall 1994 or spring 1995 had any relation to retention patterns. During their first year at NVCC, first-time students who enrolled in developmental courses had a higher retention rate than first-time students who did not take these courses. Overall, for the fall 1994 cohort of first-time students, the group with the highest retention rate was Asian students, followed by Hispanic students. Black and White students had the lowest retention rates. For full-time students, the retention rates were higher, but the same racial patterns were evident. (Contains 12 figures and 6 tables.) (VWC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Attendance, College Freshmen, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, English (Second Language), Enrollment Influences, Ethnic Groups, Minority Groups, Remedial Programs, School Holding Power, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Virginia Community Coll., Annandale.