Carteret Community College Title III Grant

July 19, 2009

Numbers Talk

Filed under: Cindy Schersching's white papers — cynthea1 @ 10:25 pm

Download a pdf of this white paper by CLICKING HERE.

This blog serves multiple purposes:

  • It provides a forum for sharing the learning from the analyses of retention data.
  • It allows each of you time to review these analyses and pose any questions/thoughts you might have
  • It documents the work being done under the Title III grant.

The key objective of the data analyses is to provide an understanding of the factors that impact retention rates.   The retention issue is multi-faceted; data will be analyzed from a variety of perspectives.  It is expected that many of the analyses will show similar results (convergence);  when the same result is supported by a variety of analyses,  the stronger the result and more confidence we have in the learning.     Ultimately, we hope to weave a comprehensive story around the factors related to retention and design interventions that keep students in school.

At this date, retention analyses are underway amongst

  • Cohorts, first time, degree seeking, full and part time students
  • Students taking Gateway classes

The factors that may influence retention amongst these student groups (and the focus of the analyses) includes:

Gender Number of credit hours Disability Status
Age Veteran Status Declared Major
Academic Year Income level
GPA First in family to go to college

There are challenges to the analyses; every effort will be made to find acceptable solutions:

  • There are multiple data bases.  It is difficult to merge information across data bases.
  • Some information has never been collected.
  • The level of detail associated with specific variables may be missing.
  • Some information may be available on a group level only and not on an individual student level.
Retention Percentages by MajorBase:  Fall to Fall semester cohorts of first time, degree-seeking students
2005-06 to 2007-08
major return total retention rate
Boat Mfg 0 0 n/a
Biotechnology 1 1 100.0%
Radiography 8 8 100.0%
Esthetics 14 16 87.5%
Pract Nursing 6 7 85.7%
Med Asst 3 4 75.0%
BLET 20 27 74.1%
Ther Massage 14 19 73.7%
HRM 11 15 73.3%
Aquaculture 8 11 72.7%
Paralegal 12 17 70.6%
Respiratory 9 13 69.2%
ADN 7 11 63.6%
OST 4 7 57.1%
Marine Propulsion 8 14 57.1%
Criminal Justice 15 28 53.6%
Assoc. in Arts 118 225 52.4%
Horticulture 4 8 50.0%
Medical Office 1 2 50.0%
Interior Design 7 14 50.0%
Photography 14 28 50.0%
Culinary 17 34 50.0%
Cosmetology 13 27 48.1%
CIT 11 23 47.8%
AFA 8 17 47.1%
Assoc. in Science 39 86 45.3%
GOT 72 163 44.2%
Bus Adm 23 57 40.4%
EMS 5 14 35.7%
Early Childhood 13 38 34.2%
Web Tech 3 10 30.0%
Sum/Average 488 944 59.6%

Retention rates are typically displayed by major, i.e., the total number of returning students in a program is divided by the total number of students enrolled in that program.

This is an alternative way of displaying the same data.  Instead of calculating retention based on the number enrolled in a major, the percentages are based on sum of those returning and the sum of the total number enrolled across major.

There are two advantages to reviewing the data in this format:

  • It provides a real perspective on the data in the context of the total student body
  • It allows the creation of an index by major.  The index of 100 is expected if, in this case, retention rates observed by major are much greater – or much less – than expected.

The power point presentation that follows this section goes into greater detail on the value of the index.

Retention Percentages by MajorBase:  Fall to Fall semester cohorts of first time, degree-seeking students
2005-06 to 2007-08
major return total Index: Retention/Total
Boat Mfg 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Biotechnology 1 0.2% 1 0.1% 195
Radiography 8 1.6% 8 0.8% 195
Esthetics 14 2.9% 16 1.7% 171
Pract Nursing 6 1.2% 7 0.7% 167
Med Asst 3 0.6% 4 0.4% 146
BLET 20 4.1% 27 2.8% 145
Ther Massage 14 2.9% 19 2.0% 144
HRM 11 2.2% 15 1.6% 143
Aquaculture 8 1.6% 11 1.1% 142
Paralegal 12 2.4% 17 1.8% 138
Respiratory 9 1.8% 13 1.4% 135
ADN 7 1.4% 11 1.1% 124
OST 4 0.8% 7 0.7% 112
Marine Propulsion 8 1.6% 14 1.5% 112
Criminal Justice 15 3.1% 28 2.9% 105
Assoc. in Arts 118 24.0% 225 23.5% 102
Interior Design 7 1.4% 14 1.5% 98
Photography 14 2.9% 28 2.9% 98
Culinary 17 3.5% 34 3.5% 98
Horticulture 4 0.8% 8 0.8% 98
Medical Office 1 0.2% 2 0.2% 98
Cosmetology 13 2.6% 27 2.8% 94
CIT 11 2.2% 23 2.4% 93
AFA 8 1.6% 17 1.8% 92
Assoc. in Science 39 7.9% 86 9.0% 89
GOT 72 14.7% 163 17.0% 86
Bus Adm 23 4.7% 57 5.9% 79
EMS 5 1.0% 14 1.5% 70
Early Childhood 13 2.6% 38 4.0% 67
Web Tech 3 0.6% 10 1.0% 59
Sum/Average 488 59.6% 944 3.2%

Posted by Cindy Schersching, PhD  July 19, 2009

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