Percentage of students completing summer credits within seven years
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, less than half (46 percent) had completed any summer credits within seven years.
Taking classes in the summer expedites students' progress to degree attainment or transfer. Summer enrollment contributes to faster credit accumulation and reflects students' commitment to academic achievement. In the research, taking summer classes is often associated with higher completion rates.
Degree-seeking students: include students who enrolled in more than six units during their first year.
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.