Academics

Metric One

Metric 1: One-Year Retention Rate, FTFT Associate Degree-Seeking Students

Table 1
First-Time Full-Time Associate Degree-Seeking Freshmen One Year Retention Rates

Institution-Specific for All State Colleges

(the average institution-specific retention rate for all 8 USG state colleges)

System-Wide for All State Colleges

(retention rate within the System for all 8 USG state colleges)

Institutional Rate for SGSC

System-Wide Rate for SGSC

Year

N Cohort

N Retained

% Retained

N Retained

% Retained

% Retained

% Retained

Fall 2015

910

409

44.95%

591

64.95%

58.00%

66.50%

Fall 2016

812

403

49.63%

572

70.44%

55.80%

65.60%

Fall 2017

849

345

40.60%

520

61.20%

51.50%

59.70%

Fall 2018

773

342

44.20%

468

60.50%

55.20%

64.10%

Fall 2019

664

307

46.25%

452

68.10%

56.60%

65.80%

Source: USG ADC Census; USG Retention Rate Reports. https://www.usg.edu/research/usgbythenumbers

Analysis and Evaluation of Metric 1

The data in the table above shows that the one-year institution-specific retention rate for SGSC’s FTFT associate degree-seeking students has remained consistent at a five-year average of 45%, while the institution-specific average for all eight USG state colleges is 55%--this differential contributing to the rationale for an SGSC metric goal of a 55% one-year FTFT associate’s degree-seeking student retention rate by fall 2022. The minimum threshold of acceptability is at the current SGSC rate of 45%, since it is expected that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may contribute negatively to overall retention rate.

The one-year rate of retention of former SGSC students within the University System of Georgia over the five-year period averages 65%, while for the same period the average for all eight USG state colleges is 64%. Given the A. A. and A. S. transfer mission of USG state colleges and the ease of transfer among USG institutions facilitated by a common core curriculum, it is clear that SGSC prepares students for continuation of their academic pursuits as well as do other USG state colleges.