Date Approved

6-24-2009

Embargo Period

3-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sisco, Burton R.

Subject(s)

College attendance--New Jersey; Community college students--New Jersey

Disciplines

Higher Education Administration

Abstract

This study examined the enrollment patterns of first-time, full time recent high school graduates enrolled a community college. This longitudinal study focused on students who were enrolled at Cumberland County College in the fall of 2002 through the fall of 2008. Enrollment and transfer patterns and graduation rates were explored for the sample population of 209 students who came from all ethnic background. The databases of the Cumberland County College and the New Jersey Higher Education Clearing House were examined in order to retrieve the relevant information. The study revealed that although financial concerns impacted the educational outcomes, there was a weak correlation between enrollment/persistence patterns and receiving Pell grants. It was found that although students received Pell grants those who did not still graduated at a higher rate than those who did. Whites were found to have the highest enrollment/persistence and graduation patterns, while Blacks and Hispanics lagged way behind. The study also showed that a large number of non-graduates accumulated a substantial number of college credits (over 45) before deciding to drop out.

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