Overall Persistence Rate Declined Slightly for Fall 2015 Entering College Students

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released today its annual Persistence and Retention Snapshot Report. The report, which includes race and ethnicity data for the first time, details wide gaps in first-year persistence and retention rates.

Asian students and white students who entered college in fall 2015 persisted into the second fall term of college at the highest rates (84.2 percent and 79.2 percent, respectively), while Hispanic students and black students continued college at lower rates (72.5 percent and 66.9 percent, respectively). A gap of 17.3 percentage points separates the groups persisting at the highest and lowest rates.

"Adding race and ethnicity to this year's report provides an important new lens for understanding educational pathways for postsecondary students. Combined with enrollment intensity, age and starting institution type, practitioners now have new ways to understand the retention and persistence outcomes that they observe for students on their own campus," said Doug Shapiro, Executive Research Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Read more at The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center: https://nscblog.org/2017/06/annual-persistence-and-retention-report-featuring-race-and-ethnicity-data-for-the-first-time-reveals-wide-gaps/