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ERIC Number: ED506651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Initial Educational Goals of First-Time Full-Time Community College Freshmen and Subsequent Retention Outcomes
Denison, Brian; Secolsky, Charles
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (43rd, Tampa, FL, May 2003)
Retention and graduation rates have been topics of concern for undergraduate institutions. These indicators are not as applicable for two-year institutions where students' goals are more varied. This study examined the retention over four semesters of 678 first-time, full-time community college students with respect to their initial educational attainment goals, academic goals for attending community college and GPA goals for the first semester. Forward blockwise logistic regression was used to investigate the extent to which these goals were predictive of retention over the following three semesters. Three basic tendencies emerged: lower odds of being retained for short-term goals, and lower odds of being retained for transfer goals, which may be associated with higher GPAs. Female students have higher odds of being retained than their male counterparts. Even if students only meet transfer goals, the community college is succeeding in light of accountability standards of retention and graduation rates. The following is appended: Student Goals Questionnaire. (Contains 8 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey