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National and Regional Peers – Retention

The continued enrollment of new to college students from their first fall term to the second fall term helps students maintain academic momentum, a leading indicator of subsequent goal completion.  Most recently, 62% of PCC first time in college credential-seeking students who were enrolled full-time fall in 2019, returned to PCC in fall 2020.

National Peers’ Retention Rates

PCC’s national peer group consists of twelve community colleges.   Fall 2019 to fall 2020 full-time student retention rates among national peers ranged from a low of 42% to a high of 70%.  Four peer colleges reported higher retention rates than did PCC at 62%.   The retention rate among students enrolled part-time ranged from 29% to 51%, with six colleges having higher retention rates than PCC’s 41%.

FULL-TIME enrolled first time in college fall students retained to the following fall term
Fall Student Cohort Peer Range (low to high) PCC Retention Rate Peers w/higher rates than PCC
2019 (to 2020) 42%  –  70% 62% 4 colleges
2018 (to 2019) 57%  – 73% 65% 4 colleges
2017 (to 2018) 56%  –  73% 63% 7 colleges
2016 (to 2017) 58%  –  74% 67% 4 colleges
2015 (to 2016) 57%  –  72% 63% 7 colleges
PART-TIME enrolled first time in college fall students retained to the following fall term
Fall Student Cohort Peer Range (low to high) PCC Retention Rate Peers w/higher rates than PCC
2019 (to 2020) 29%  –  51% 41% 6 colleges
2018 (to 2019) 35%  – 61% 44% 7 colleges
2017 (to 2018) 23%  –  58% 45% 6 colleges
2016 (to 2017) 25%  –  57% 47% 6 colleges
2015 (to 2016) 24%  –  58% 49% 5 colleges
Regional Peers’ Retention Rates

The regional peer group consists of six community colleges.  Fall 2019 to fall 2020 full-time student retention rates among regional peers ranged from 55% to 63% and one peer college reported a higher retention rate than PCC.   The retention of students enrolled part-time ranged from 24% to 48% and again, one college had a higher retention rate than PCC.

FULL-TIME first time in college fall students retained to the following fall term
Fall Student Cohort Peer Range (low to high) PCC Retention Rate Peers w/higher rates than PCC
2019 (to 2020) 55%  –  63% 62% 1 college
2018 (to 2019) 58%  – 66% 65% 1 college
2017 (to 2018) 54%  –  67% 63% 2 colleges
2016 (to 2017) 58%  –  74% 67% 0 colleges
2015 (to 2016) 46%  –  66% 63% 1 college
PART-TIME first time in college fall students retained to the following fall term
Fall Student Cohort Peer Range (low to high) PCC Retention Rate Peers w/higher rates than PCC
2019 (to 2020) 24%  –  48% 41% 1 college
2018 (to 2019) 20%  – 45% 44% 2 colleges
2017 (to 2018) 23%  –  45% 45% 0 colleges
2016 (to 2017) 25%  –  57% 47% 1 college
2015 (to 2016) 25%  –  83% 49% 0 colleges

Data Source:  IPEDS, Fall Enrollment Reports