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ERIC Number: EJ886328
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-1803
Year One
Oriano-Darnall, Angela
Community College Journal, v80 n5 p58-60, 62 Apr-May 2010
It's an old adage: When the economy declines, community college enrollments rise. A fall 2009 report from the American Association of Community Colleges says enrollments were up nearly 17 percent compared with fall 2007. However, nearly a third of those students have already dropped out of college. Further, roughly half will not return for their second year. For colleges and states determined to improve the national graduation rate and make more students college and career ready, a focused and rigorous improvement agenda is a critical priority. Many colleges have turned away from an exclusive emphasis on enrollment--an important priority in the interests of student access and full-time equivalent (FTE)-based funding--and toward an emphasis on student retention. With the help of various efforts, some institutions are focusing on understanding and meeting the needs of entering students. Still, most colleges struggle to retain and graduate more students. This article discusses how colleges can improve by gauging progress for entering students, and offers descriptions of the six benchmarks, baselines for colleges in measuring progress and in setting priorities, as published in the 2009 Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) report.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A