ERIC Number: ED454896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-7
The Effects of Early, Regular, and Late Registration on Community College Student Success: A Case Study.
Street, Margaret A.; Smith, Albert B.; Olivarez, Arturo
This study examines the differences between students enrolling during the three phases of registration (early, regular, and late) in a two-year college. One purpose of the study was to suggest late registration policy and practices that might improve student success. Registration time, academic records, and demographic information were collected from a stratified random sample of students at one community college in the fall of 1998. Students were grouped according to type (new and returning) and registration time (early, regular, and late). Results indicated that: (1) for both new and returning students, late registrants were shown to be much less likely to persist to the spring semester than were early (returning students only) or regular registrants; (2) of the returning students, 80% of early, 64% of regular, and 42% of late registrants were retained to the next semester; (3) differences in withdrawal rates were significant for both new and returning students; (4) new students who registered on time (regular) withdrew from 10% of their course hours, while those who registered late withdrew from 21%; and (5) returning students differed significantly in their semester grade point average and their successful completion rate based on their time of registration. The report concludes that students should be encouraged to register during early and regular enrollment periods. (JA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Community Colleges (43rd, Chicago, Illinois, April 5-7, 2001).