ERIC Number: ED443340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
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Ten Year Enrollment and Graduation Patterns for 1989 New Freshmen and Transfers. Research Report.
Belcheir, Marcia J.
This study addressed the question of how much graduation rates would improve if new students were followed for 10 instead of four or six years from their date of first enrollment; it also compared enrollment and graduation patterns of new freshmen and new transfers to see if graduation rates were similar after 10 years. Participants were all undergraduate degree-seeking students enrolled at Boise State University (Idaho) for the first time in fall 1989; 1,692 were new freshmen and 767 were new transfers. The study results confirmed that most school leavers left during the first year. For students who continued to enroll, about 45 percent of freshmen and 38 percent of transfers showed a pattern of enrolling, leaving, and then returning. Both new freshmen and transfers also switched between full- and part-time enrollment status, although transfer students showed a more consistent pattern and had higher graduation rates. While only 11 percent of freshmen and 28 percent of transfer students had graduated after four years, graduation rates improved when examined over the 10-year period; after 10 years 41 percent of new transfer students had graduated compared to 33 percent of new freshmen. Appendix tables and charts present enrollment and graduation information. (SM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID. Office of Institutional Assessment.