ERIC Number: ED489099
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Reference Count: 28
Is Student-Right-to-Know All You Should Know? An Analysis of Community College Graduation Rates. CCRC Working Paper No. 2
Bailey, Thomas; Calcagno, Juan Carlos; Jenkins, Davis; Leinbach, Timothy; Kienzl, Gregory
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
Over the last decade, policymakers, educators, and researchers have increasingly sought to understand community college policies and practices that promote students' success. This effort has been partly driven by an increased emphasis on outcome accountability, but it has also promoted a productive discussion about improving institutional performance. The research reported here has two related goals. One goal is to work towards strengthening the ability to assess and compare institutional performance. We thus have developed a model that can be used to adjust simple graduation rates for institutional characteristics, such as student composition, college resources, size, and location, all of which might influence those rates. Our long-term goal is to understand how to improve student outcomes, so the paper also uses the model to measure the effect of those institutional characteristics on graduation rates. We use data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys, applying a weighted least-squares procedure for grouped data to estimate an institutional-completion rates model. This analysis confirms several hypotheses about institutional determinants of graduation rates at community colleges. Our results indicate a consistent negative relationship between enrollment size and completion. Additionally, colleges with high shares of minority students, part-time students, and women have lower graduation rates. A final significant finding among institutional characteristics is that greater instructional expenditures are related to a greater likelihood of graduation. The method developed here can be used to better assess the performance of community colleges. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduation Rate, College Outcomes Assessment, Institutional Characteristics, School Size, Part Time Students, Minority Groups, Females, College Students, Expenditure per Student, School Location
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.