Date: April 2018
EAB recently released a report that reveals the growing importance of the success part-time students who are attending community colleges.
The report indicates that with the increasing enrollment of underrepresented students, populations on campuses have become more diverse. However, a shift in approach is required to improve the retention and graduation rates of these students. Findings from the report show low-income, first-generation students are four times more likely to drop out after their first years compared to their peers. In addition, this report argues that the achievement gap between full-time and part-time students adversely effects underrepresented minority students, who are more likely tend to attend college part time.
The report’s findings show that closing the achievement gaps among part-time students is a meaningful way to reduce achievement gaps among student populations more broadly. It also provides best practices and strategies for increasing part-time students’ success.
To read the full report, click here.