Term-to-Term Retention of First-Time-in-College Students
(Please note! -- Retention can be calculated in many ways. This method may not satisfy your purposes.)
Retention, when defined as the percentage of award-seeking students who either re-enroll or complete a program, has shown some signs of degradation over the last two fall cohorts.
The fall-to-spring retention rate of first-time-in-college (FTIC) degree- or certificate-seeking students in financial aid-approved programs was 81% for the Fall 2016 cohort tracked to Spring 2017. This has dropped about two percentage points over the last two fall cohorts.
The fall-to-fall retention rate of the Fall 2015 FTIC cohort dropped to 62.3% -- a declines of less than one percentage point from the prior cohort. Part of this is a function of the fall-to-spring retention for the Fall 2015 cohort, which also was down less than one point from the prior year. By the second spring term, retention had dropped to about 58% for the Fall 2015 cohort.
About half of Fall 2014 FTIC students had completed programs or were still enrolled by Fall 2016.