ERIC Number: ED439768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Fostering Student Retention and Success at the Community College. Policy Paper.
This paper, which focuses on student retention and success at community colleges, is part of a series published by the Center for Community College Policy, designed to support state and local policymakers, as well as educational leaders who are interested in policy issues related to the two-year postsecondary sector. Approximately half of the students entering college for the first time each year enroll in community colleges. Adults returning to education, workers needing retraining, and students at four-year institutions who concurrently enroll in a community college class all make up the student body mosaic. Each group has different goals from taking a one time only class to earning an associate's degree or transferring to a four-year institution. Due to the nature of the community college population, students make decisions to depart from college as they face adult responsibilities that impede academic progress. This document addresses a number of policy options that may increase student retention and success, including: (1) requiring colleges to report key student progress indicators; (2) earmarking funds that support special programs and incentives for "at-risk students"; (3) mandating basic-skills testing for new students; and (4) strengthening matriculation policies that guide and direct students. (AF)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Articulation (Education), Community Colleges, Dropouts, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Job Training, Policy Formation, School Holding Power, Transfer Programs, Transfer Rates (College)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.
Note: For other policy papers in this series, see JC 000 286-296.