Guided Pathways Newsletter 10/20/22

Thursday, Oct 20, 2022. Eighth edition

Data data data

Those of you who responded to the “what topics for future newsletters?” survey indicated that you wanted to learn more about retention patterns. Well, I have lots of information and resources for you!

What we found:

  • Our retention rates are decreasing. While our overall numbers have been better than our peers’, it seems we are on a decline while they are either flat or getting better.
  • Part-time students are not as well retained as full-time students.
  • We have inequities in our retention rates. Generally, Asian American students are retained at the highest rate, while Black/African American students are poorly retained. White and Latinx retention rates are similar to each other. (Note: The data is a bit complicated, possibly reflecting year-to-year variability in Hispanic/Latinx enrollments. Also, our enrollment numbers for Pacific Islander students and Native American students are frequently too small to report.. Our selected peers have these same problems.)
  • When retention rates are disaggregated by race/ethnicity and by degree type, it appears that students are more likely to be retained in prof-technical programs than in transfer programs. 

You can see graphs of some of this information, here. You can also play around with the data yourself, using the State Board’s “FTEC” dashboard. 

What is this Newsletter for? 

This newsletter is an effort to keep campus employees informed of our Guided Pathways-related efforts, to share stories from projects, and address questions. It is intended to complement our Canvas site, our update reports, and any webinars that we may offer.

What to read the full edition? Contact Brigid Nulty to subscribe to the Guided Pathways Newsletter!

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