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ERIC Number: ED491908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 202
Abstractor: ERIC
Profile of Undergraduates in U.S. Postsecondary Education Institutions, 2003-04: With a Special Analysis of Community College Students. Statistical Analysis Report. NCES 2006-184
Horn, Laura; Nevill, Stephanie; Griffith, James
National Center for Education Statistics
This report is the fifth in a series of reports that provide a statistical snapshot of the undergraduate population. The reports accompany the newly released data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), and each one includes a focused analysis on a particular topic. This report focuses on community college students, who represent about 4 in 10 undergraduates, or about 7.6 million students nationwide. With their open enrollment policies and relatively low cost, community colleges have long provided access to underserved populations, such as students from low-income families and those who are the first in their family to attend college (Cohen and Brawer 2003). This report focuses on the relationship between a measure of degree commitment and student persistence among community college students. Student persistence is of concern to educators and policymakers because large numbers of students who begin their college education in community colleges never complete it. The findings from this study help explain why community college students complete associate's degrees and occupational credentials at relatively low rates. It appears that a substantial proportion of students who enroll in formal degree programs do not necessarily want to complete a credential. Rather, greater proportions cited personal interest or obtaining job skills as reasons for enrolling. The results suggest that if community college graduation rates were based on students expressing a clear intention of transfer or degree completion rather than on simply being enrolled in a formal degree program, they would be considerably higher. The list of tables preceding the introduction of this report provides a convenient way to navigate the compendium of tables. Immediately following the compendium of tables, appendix A provides a glossary of all the variables included in the tables and appendix B provides a detailed description of the NPSAS:04 survey and methods used in the analysis.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes
IES Cited: ED556127