The April 2011 edition of Research & Practice tracks the 2006 student cohort to discern the progress of these students over a five-year period of time. The overall cohort is compared to a sub-population of students were “college-ready” when they entered the College.
The study found that 45% of the overall 2006 cohort was lost by fall 2007, meaning they did not return to the College, graduate or transfer. Though the attrition rate is less for college-ready students, it is still high at 35%. After the first year (fall 2006-fall 2007), the decline in the rate of progression and completion leveled off for both groups. This finding further emphasizes the importance of the first college year to a student’s success in higher education.