ERIC Number: ED474579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-18
Reference Count: N/A
Crossing the Finish Line: A Strategic Approach Designed To Help Community College Students Persist and Graduate.
This paper argues that, when trying to calculate the success rates of community college students, the criteria used for reporting graduation rates should differ from those used at four-year institutions. There is no known national standard time-to-degree data available. The reporting window of 150% of minimum time to degree has been arbitrarily assigned, according to the author. Despite the known differences between community colleges and other institutions of higher learning, the same formula is used across the board. The State of Ohio does keep track of state averages for time to degree, and reports these numbers by type of institution. Associate degrees earned in Ohio in 2000-2001 took 4.3 median calendar years to complete, indicating a discrepancy between the national standard and the statewide numbers. At Columbus State Community College (CSCC), the office of Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) has been working on issues related to student retention. SEM instituted the Non-Grad Study to determine whether an intervention program could be developed to assist students who applied to graduate and then did not actually graduate. The study found that 25% of students who applied, but did not graduate were withdrawn for failing or not completing a Capstone course, and 21% were withdrawn for failing or not completing a math course. Results were used to modify the structure of capstone courses. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbus State Community Coll., OH.