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ERIC Number: ED521296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Students Earning Zero Credits. Data Notes. Volume 3, Number 5, September/October 2008
Clery, Sue; Topper, Amy
Achieving the Dream
Nearly one-quarter of students in community colleges leave school during the first year of enrollment for reasons other than transfer or credential completion. Generally, nontraditional community college students drop out within their first year at higher rates than do traditional students. Using data from Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, this analysis identifies the characteristics of Achieving the Dream students who enroll but do not earn any credits during the first term, and focuses on their persistence to the second term. The analysis revealed a set of characteristics having strong associations with earning zero credits during the first term: Being male, black, between 20 and 24, needing developmental education, or starting part-time, which was the strongest of these relationships. If a student did not earn credits, another set of characteristics was related to a greater likelihood of not persisting to the second term. The strongest relationships were being Native American, male, over 20 years old, attending part-time, or being enrolled in a terminal program. These results do not explain why students leave college, but they do help identify populations more likely to leave college early. (Contains 2 figures and 3 footnotes.)
Achieving the Dream. 8455 Colesville Road Suite 900, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tel: 240-450-0075; Fax: 240-450-0076; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Achieving the Dream, Inc.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program