Students persist from fall to fall in college

The logic is simple: for students to succeed in completing their credential they must remain in school. 

Of all college students in the United States who started at a two-year public college in 2012, only 57 percent returned to any college the following fall; only 46.5 percent returned to the same institution the following fall.  Persistence (continuing your education at any institution) and retention (continuing your education at the same institution) rates are fell by 2.8 and 2.2 percentage points respectively, since 2009.  The data for Central Oregon Community College show that 57 percent of full-time students who started in fall return the following fall.  This means that at COCC 43 percent of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students do not return the following fall. 

We know that students who make it to their junior year are more likely to persist into their senior year.  In the 2012-13 academic year, 92 percent of full-time juniors at OSU-Cascades returned for their senior year. A slightly lower percent of part-time juniors, 81 percent, returned for their senior year. 

When colleges admit and enroll students, they make a simultaneous commitment to helping those students meet their educational goals.  Implementing policies and practices to increase and support retention and persistence are an important step in improving graduation rates in Central Oregon.

persistance data

Data Sources: National Center for Education Statistics. “IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2013”. http://www.cocc.edu/uploadedfiles /departments_/institutional_effectiveness/cocc_facts_and_figures/ipeds%20-%20feedback%20report%202013.pdf.

*See Figure 10. First-time, full-time, degree-seeking students.

Reynolds, Jane. “Retention and Graduation OSU-Cascades.” Oregon State University, Institutional Research. E-mail to authors, December 4, 2014.

Reference: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. “Persistence-Retention Snapshot Report.” (Spring 2014). http://nscresearchcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/SnapshotReport14-Persistence Retention-.pdf.