Percentage of courses completed
Number of course enrollments in California Community Colleges in spring 2011
California Community College students enrolled in over four million courses in spring 2011 and successfully completed approximately 68 percent of them. Women completed a slightly higher proportion of courses than did men (69 percent vs. 67 percent), and students 25 or older completed a higher proportion of courses (72 percent) than students 20 to 24 (65 percent) and students 19 or younger (66 percent). Asian American students had the highest rate of course completion among racial/ethnic groups (73 percent), while African American students had the lowest rate (54 percent). Among types of courses attempted, students passed health courses at the highest rate (84 percent) and STEM courses at the lowest rate (63 percent).
Students who complete all the courses they attempt avoid having to repeat coursework, accumulate credits faster, and take less time to attain a credential or transfer than students who fail to complete some courses. Incomplete courses may result from a failing grade or withdrawal. Multiple studies have found that excessive course withdrawals may reduce the likelihood of completion and transfer.