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ERIC Number: ED489101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 48
Abstractor: Author
Is Student Success Labeled Institutional Failure? Student Goals and Graduation Rates in the Accountability Debate at Community Colleges. CCRC Working Paper No. 1
Bailey, Thomas; Jenkins, Davis; Leinbach, Timothy
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
Community colleges are open-door institutions serving many students with academic, economic, and personal characteristics that can make college completion a challenge. Their graduation rates are low, but community college students do not always have earning a degree as their goal. While individual students may feel that their experience at a community college is a success, unless it culminates in a credential or transfer to a four-year institution the enrollment is counted as a failure for the college. This report explores different views on whether graduation rates are a fair and valid measure of community college effectiveness. It indicates how these rates can be useful as a relative measure and as a guide for institutional improvement, and suggests other ways of measuring student and institutional success. (Contains 13 figures.)
Community College Research Center, Columbia University, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Box #174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A