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Is the Key to Your Equity Equation More Support for Part-Time Students?

New Insights from EAB Research

Here’s a sobering fact about the community college part-time student population: 47% of part-time students believe they will graduate within two years, but only 8% of part-time students actually complete their degree within four years.

Part-time students now comprise the majority of the community college student population, but our existing support strategies aimed at students attending full-time have proven ineffective.

Today's students are already reframing the way we think about campus diversity—students who are single parents, are military-affiliated, have disclosed disabilities, or seek financial aid—but one commonality these students all share is the likelihood that they will have limited time on campus and added obstacles blocking them from completing their degree.

In fact, 83% of community college students will enroll part-time or stop out at least once before they graduate. This figure, coupled with declining college enrollment, means that college leaders can no longer afford to focus solely on full-time students, as success of the part-time population is a critical element of sustainbility in a climate of increased competition, reduced enrollment, and performance-based funding.

In our recently released white paper, we’ll share the latest data from EAB’s community college research team to highlight key opportunities to improve part-time student equity.

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