I Have a Goal! On the SENSE survey, traditional-age entering students say… 78% want to obtain an associate degree. 79% want to transfer to a four-year institution. 61% want to complete a certificate program.
During the first 3 weeks of community college, students 18-24 years old … 46% came to class unprepared at least once. 28% skipped class at least once. 29% did not turn in an assignment at least once.
Younger community college students are more likely to… Turn in an assignment late Not turn in an assignment Come to class unprepared Skip class
48% drop out before the beginning of their second year.
David Conley, Distinguished Professor, University of Oregon: “Nobody manages the transition very well. For most institutions of higher education, it isn't a transition at all. The student just shows up…there is very little process or systematic thought for what is going on for the student in terms of all the dimensions that are required to make that transition.”
SENSE Benchmarks for Effective Educational Practice Early Connections High Expectations & Aspirations Clear Academic Plan & Pathway Effective Track to College Readiness Engaged Learning Academic & Social Support Network
What questions does the information raise for you? What is one thing you and the college can do to address these findings?
Collaborating to create change: El Paso Community College League for Innovation -- Significant Discussions
El Paso Community College College Readiness Initiative – Placement test and refresher courses while in high school Summer Bridge Program -- Improve basic skills More students college-ready, more place in highest level of developmental math Students by-passing developmental courses or spending less time in them
Houston Community College Student Success Class Fall to spring persistence increased for all groups except Asian students, which remained constant at 78%. Largest gain has been for African American students – from 69% to 75%.
Skagit Valley College Pilot Fall-Winter Persistence
Zane State Mandatory testing & placement, mandatory orientation, mandatory FYE course, mandatory advising for at-risk students 3-year mandatory FYE course associated with 10% increase in fall-to-fall persistence. 3-year graduation rate for developmental students now exceeds 50%.
Some Observations about Entering Students Students experience culture shock and academic shock. Students don’t know what they don’t know…but we expect them to! You have to ask to be told…but what if you don’t know what to ask?
What does this mean for community college leaders? Create an “on-ramp” to college life. Show students the relevance of what they’re doing – help them understand the “what” and the “why.” Make everything more personal – show them we care! If we know what students need – make it mandatory!
High Performing Colleges …make student engagement inescapable!