Retaining students to graduation is considered by most SFCC faculty, staff, and administrators to be one of the most important goals of the college (College Employee Satisfaction Survey 2010). Tracking the success of our degree-seeking students and those subgroups we are targeting for special attention is an important aspect of increasing retention and graduation rates.
The tables and charts available here present the history of full time and part-time degree-seeking student retention at SFCC. They indicates some improvement in these rates but more recent declines.
One of the frustrations facing most 2-year institutions like SFCC is that most currently available comparative data focuses on full-time students who represent a very small portion of total enrollment, and tracks these students over a relatively short time period.
The state of New Mexico has recently signed on to the “Complete College America” initiative that is supported by the National Governor’s Association, the Gates Foundation and others. As such, all institutions in the state, including SFCC are now completing a set of metrics that may yield more useful comparisons. This data will appear here when available.
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