Percentage of students completing at least 80 percent of course credits attempted in their first year
First-time degree-seeking California Community College students enrolled in 2000-01
Among first-time degree-seeking California Community College students enrolled in 2000-01, the majority (62 percent) completed at least 80 percent of the course credits attempted in their first year.
Students who complete all the courses they attempt avoid having to repeat coursework, accumulate credits faster, and take less time to attain a credential or transfer than students who fail to complete some courses. Incomplete courses may result from a failing grade or withdrawal. Multiple studies have found that excessive course withdrawals may reduce the likelihood of completion and transfer.
Degree-seeking students: include students who enrolled in more than six units during their first year.
The credit completion ratio was calculated as the number of credits earned divided by the number of credits attempted. Withdrawing from or failing a course constituted noncompletion.
Estimates are from student records data available in the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Management Information Systems. The results are based on students who enrolled in one or more credit-bearing course and more than a total of six units during the 2000-01 academic year, excluding noncredit students and students concurrently enrolled in high school.
Offenstein, J., Moore, C., & Shulock, N. (2010, April). Advancing by degrees: A framework for increasing college completion. Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC: Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy and The Education Trust.