Santa Monica College. Best Practices in College Student Retention. Maximizing Campus Resources to Effect Student Success Esau Tovar John Gonzalez Retention Counselor Dean, Academic Affairs.
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Community college students are more prone to dropping out.
Freshman to Sophomore Dropout Rates By Institution Type
Source: ACT Institutional Data Questionnaires 1999
Two-Year Public 47.5
Two-Year Private 30.1
BA/BS Public 33.3
BA/BS Private 28.6
MA Public 30.5
MA Private 24.0
PhD Public 23.5
PhD Private 16.4
National 32.6Scope of the Problem
StatusA and LA onlyL only Total%
Con’t’g 184 1,417 444 2,045 9.1%
Disqualified 211 329 769 1,309 5.8%
New 453 1,787 1,005 3,245 14.4%
Total 848 3,533 2,218 6,599 29.3%
Off 59 479 347 885 3.9%
Distinct Student Counts-- End of Fall 1996 (Based on 22,467 Enrollment)
Don’t say it. Do it!
Boylan, Bonham, & White (1999)
Models and Practices
Goal: To create a small academic learning community in a large college setting
Offered as triad of courses and discussion group/seminar based on a theme
Example of FIGLearning Communities Models
Individual & Group Correlates of Gender
Sociology of Gender
FIG Discussion Group
Predictive Modeling Approaches