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ERIC Number: ED521315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Attendance and Completion Patterns. Data Notes. Volume 5, Number 2, March/April 2010
Clery, Sue
Achieving the Dream
Community college students take circuitous routes through their education; very few enroll full-time and continue until they graduate. Erratic enrollment patterns have been negatively linked with academic progress and eventual credential completion--students enrolled continuously and on a full-time basis are more likely to attain their academic goals than those not enrolled continuously or who drop to part-time status. Using data from Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, this analysis followed students through three regular academic years to identify their varying attendance patterns. Determining students' reasons for changing their enrollment status may help colleges become more sensitive to how they might help students who are intent on their goals, but inconsistent in their pursuit of education. The analysis suggests that, in addition to leaving college without credentials, students often shift among full-time, part-time, and non-attendance. Measuring persistence simply by determining if a student enrolls over successive enrollment periods misses the complexity indicated by these data, as community college students take many diverse paths to achieve their goals. (Contains 9 footnotes and 4 figures.)
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: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Achieving the Dream, Inc.