Success of Part-Time Community College Students is Important, EAB Reports

May 8, 2018

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Title: Reframing the Question of Equity—Understanding the Growing Importance of Success for Community Colleges’ Part-Time Students

Source: EAB

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.

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