Increasing College Skills (COL 103) Course Enrollments for First Time Freshmen

TTC is attempting to increase student enrollments in College Skills (COL 103) courses by (1) requiring students who test into three developmental subject areas to take COL 103 in their first term and offering the course for elective credit in the Associate in Arts degree. The college experienced an overall enrollment decrease between Fall 2013 and Fall 2014, and the number of first time freshmen (FTF) enrolling in COL 103 decreased, as well, from Fall 2013 to Fall 2014.

The following data results compare FTF student groups in Fall 2014 and demonstrate the impact of COL 103 on FTF who pass the class. The 191 FTF who successfully completed COL 103 had total course completion rates in their first term of over 86%, and their persistence rate from Fall 2013 to Spring 2014 exceeded 87%. These rates outpaced those of the 2,166 FTF who did not take COL 103 by following margins: 

  • First Term Course Completion Rates = 9.1 percentage points (p.p.)
  • African-American FTF First Term Course Completion Rates = 15.0 p.p.
  • White FTF First Term Course Completion Rates = 10.8 p.p.
  • High Economic Need ($0 EFC on the FAFSA) FTF First Term Course Completion Rates = 12.9 p.p.
  • FTF Persistence Rate from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 = 9.2 p.p.
  • African-American FTF Persistence Rate from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 = 14.2 p.p.
  • White FTF Persistence Rate from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 = 5.7 p.p.

All of these data trends are consistent with the outcomes of previous FTF groups in their initial Fall terms.

ID 16981

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