Percentage of students who completed 15 or more college credits within five years
First-time community and technical college students enrolled in Washington Community and Technical Colleges in 2001-02 and who were enrolled in college-level, workforce, or transfer programs
About two-fifths (41 percent) of all students enrolled in transfer programs completed 15 or more college credits within five years, while almost two-thirds (67 percent) of college-level students did so.
Students who intend to complete a program and obtain a credential or transfer to a four-year college must complete a required number of course credits. Even after the first year, earning a specific number of credits is a milestone that is associated with future success. For students who do not intend to graduate or transfer but may be more interested in improving their workforce skills or cultivating personal interests, earning a certain number of college-level credits may constitute a goal in and of itself.
Students are categorized by whether or not they enrolled in developmental education courses and their educational objectives at the time of registration. These groups of students are not mutually exclusive.
College-level: include students who did not enroll in any developmental courses, regardless of their educational objectives.
Transfer: include students who enrolled with the intent to transfer to a four-year institution, regardless of their enrollment in developmental courses.
Leinbach, D. T., & Jenkins, D. (2008, January). Using longitudinal data to increase community college student success: A guide to measuring milestone and momentum point attainment. CCRC No. 2. New York: Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University.