- Slightly more than half of part-time college students who enrolled in 2013 left college within six years without earning a credential, according to a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC).
- Only about one-third of part-time students who entered college in 2013 had graduated after six years. That’s compared to about two-thirds of full-time students who graduated and one-quarter who were no longer enrolled after six years.
- Colleges are paying more attention to learners who leave school without completing a credential as a way to boost their enrollment and student outcomes.
Part-time students enrolling in 2013 were two times more likely to stop out over six years than full-time students, the new report notes, highlighting the need to focus retention efforts on this population.
This trend starts early in students’ academic careers. Within two years, around 24.4% of part-time students left school without completing a credential, compared to 13.1% of full-time students.