Student Retention and Persistence at Community College
This paper presents a review of the factors that drive adults to become students. The paper looks at how adults seek to satisfy that drive and how persistence and retention serve to satisfy goals and objectives. The paper also discusses the factors that influence persistence including satisfaction based on academic record, socialization and congruence of character as well as changes in technology, global economy and relationships.
“Statistics on retention become significant as colleges compete with other channels of academic service (institutional, situational, organizational and non-institutional). Studies have divided adult education into formal, non-formal and informal learning situations. Formal learning takes place in traditional institutional settings such as universities, colleges and community colleges, leading to degrees or credit; non-formal learning is that provided by organizations such as learning networks, churches and voluntary associations and may be on an organized or ad hoc basis; informal learning refers to the experiential exposure in daily living situations . (Coombs, Prosser, and Ahmed, 1973).”