ERIC Number: ED445747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of Community College of Philadelphia Student Outcomes with the Outcomes of Other Pennsylvania Community College Students.
Grosset, Jane; DiIenno, Michael
Highlights some findings from the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges database, including student demographics, student persistence at the community colleges, educational objectives of students, and transfer and employment activities of community college graduates. Compares the fall 1998 student body profiles, student attrition, and accomplished objectives and importance of community colleges at the Community College of Philadelphia with statewide data. Finds several factors that may explain, in part, the decline in graduation rates at the college. The strong regional economy may be providing students with good employment opportunities that do not require the completion of a degree program. The decline in graduation rates may also be reflective of early transfer decisions by students. If so, future graduation rates can be expected to increase with the inception of new core-to-core and dual admission agreements. The decrease in the rate at which part-time students leave the college shortly after initial enrollment is encouraging. While the attrition rate for recent part-time students decreased slightly from previous years, the rates of attrition for full-time students have increased slightly. The transfer rates for recent graduates of the college slightly exceeded those of graduates from other Pennsylvania community colleges while the employment outcomes for Philadelphia graduates are comparable to other community college graduates in the Philadelphia region. (VWC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Community Coll., PA. Office of Institutional Research.