ERIC Number: EJ1020389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Intensity and Attachment: How the Chaotic Enrollment Patterns of Community College Students Relate to Educational Outcomes
Crosta, Peter M.
Community College Review, v42 n2 p118-142 Apr 2014
This study examines the relationship between community college enrollment patterns and student outcomes--credential completion and transfer to a 4-year institution--introducing a new way of visualizing the various attendance patterns of community college students. Patterns of enrollment intensity (full- or part-time status) and continuity (enrolling in consecutive terms or skipping one or more terms) are graphed and then clustered according to their salient features. Using data on cohorts of first-time community college students at five colleges in a single state, the study finds astounding variation in student enrollment patterns. Clustering these patterns reveals two relationships: the first is a positive association between enrollment continuity and earning a community college credential, and the second is a positive association between enrollment intensity and likelihood of transfer.
Descriptors: Correlation, Community Colleges, Enrollment Trends, Two Year College Students, Outcomes of Education, College Transfer Students, Attendance Patterns, Academic Persistence, Visualization, Part Time Students, Full Time Students, Student Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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IES Cited: ED556127