Retention’s up, enrollment’s down

Determined to raise retention rates, an Oregon community college mandated orientation and advising and eliminated late registration. That’s lowered enrollment by 20 percent, lowering state funding by 7 percent. However, graduation rates are likely to rise.

A “scorecard” for California community colleges will show progress and success rates for students who start in remedial classes, college-ready students, career-tech students and those in non-credit classes, such as English as a Second Language.

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  1. From my experience, limiting late enrollment would make a big difference. I usually let late students overfill my classes, but it was rare for them to last more than a few weeks. Whatever kept them from being on top of registration also seemed to keep them from passing. I didn’t want to try to sort through excuses to allow in the real ‘I was in the hospital’ cases and keep out the slackers, but it seemed to sort itself out pretty quickly.

  2. I second what lulu said. My experience matches hers very well.

  3. TWS Garrison says:

    This sounds like the policy I encountered when I tried to take a night class at a local community college about six years go. After I had taken (and maxed out) the placement test I was told that I would have to come back for an advising appointment to register for my one class. During the day. After I had already had to take a half day off work because the testing center closed by four every day. For a class in a field related to the subject of my Masters. I don’t love my job, but I’d like to keep it. The “Hey, you never came back” letters from the college left me cold.