ERIC Number: ED466878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Whatever Happened to Students Who Entered in Fall 1995? Persistence at Rio Hondo College.
Maack, Stephen C.
This is Rio Hondo College's (California) institutional report on the retention and graduation behavior of the fall 1995 new student cohort. These students were tracked through 2001 using a longitudinal student-tracking database. The report presents information concerning the assorted variables associated with term-to-term persistence and associate degree and certificate attainment. Results of four multivariate logistic regression models that best predict both persistence and failure to persist at four points in time (i.e., second semester, beginning of the second year, beginning of the third year, beginning of the sixth year) are presented. Major findings include: (1) 42% of fall 1995 cohort was lost by spring 1996 after only 1 semester of attendance; (2) in fall 1997, only 28% of the original cohort persisted; and (3) 6 years after starting, only 102 (less than 5%) had obtained a least one associate's degree or certificate. The paper concludes that persistence of students results from a complex interplay of factors that include demographics, student preparation, student goals, matriculation services intervention, student performance, and successful student outcomes. Possible opportunities for intervention to foster persistence are identified. Numerous charts detailing findings are included. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rio Hondo Coll., Whittier, CA.