Percentage of students completing at least 80 percent of course credits attempted in their first year
First-time Virginia Community College students enrolled in programs in fall 2004
Among first-time Virginia Community College students enrolled in fall 2004, half (50 percent) completed at least four out of every five 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.
Virginia's Community Colleges. (2009, August). On the road to success—some intermediate milestones, Issue #9. Richmond, VA: Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.