ERIC Number: ED445585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
New Freshman Outcomes: Retention and Graduation. Occasional Research Brief, Volume 00, No. 1.
Wisconsin Univ. System, Madison.
This reports presents data on college freshman retention and graduation in the University of Wisconsin (UW) System. The four sections of text and data tables examine: trends in retention and graduation rates for the period 1977-98; graduation and retention rates by new freshman characteristics (high school quartile, entry age, race/ethnicity, gender, residence); retention, graduation, and transfer-out rates; and benchmarking (derived from expected graduation rates, peer institutions, national/regional comparisons, and internal UW system data). A summary of findings notes that: (1) UW retention rates have increased steadily from 1977-98; student attrition is greatest in the first year after matriculation and declines thereafter; (2) four-year graduation rates declined in the 1980s but increased in the 1990s; the 1995 cohort had the highest four-year graduation rate ever; (3) six-year graduation rates increased from 19.2 percent in fall 1977 to 59.5 percent for the 1993 cohort; (4) students from the highest high school quartile had cumulative six-year graduation rates approximately twice those of students in the third and fourth quartiles; (5) students entering the UW system prior to age 20 had six-year graduation rates approximately twice those of older students; (6) and six-year graduation rates have increased for all students of color. Six additional data tables are appended. (CH)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Benchmarking, College Freshmen, College Graduates, Graduation, Higher Education, School Holding Power, State Universities, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data)
University of Wisconsin System, Office of Policy Analysis and Research, 1534 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; Tel: 608-262-6441; Web site: http://www.uwsa.edu/opar/.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. System, Madison.