Delayed Enrollment and What it Means for GRCC

Integral to improving student success rates is a careful study of the causes behind the data on student success. That’s at the heart of a recent article on “delayed enrollment” published in the most recent issue of Data Notes, a publication of Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count.

“Delayed Enrollment” refers to the reality that nearly half of community college students do not enroll immediately following high school, and the amount of time that elapses before they apply for college seems to affect not only students’ career path but how and when they succeed. [Note: At GRCC, 78% in the AtD cohorts enroll right after high school, so we can’t say “our students”]

This isn’t a new subject for research – but the latest statistics collected by ATD buck historic trends (GRCC is one of the 150 colleges that are contributing data to the study). In the past, the longer a student delayed enrolling in college after high school put them at a higher risk for not earning a degree than traditional students. What ATD has found is that this disparity only seems to exist for the first two years of college; by the third there is no significant difference in success rates.

Who are these students? Research shows that they’re more likely to be female, part-time students and that they’re less likely to transfer to four-year schools. The longer a student waits to enroll, the more likely they are to need developmental education.

Another interesting contrast is that where immediate enrollees were more likely to be successful if they did not receive Pell Grants, delayed enrollees were more successful if they were Pell Grant awardees.

GRCC data show that 85% of students who enroll immediately after high school are still enrolled at GRCC the following term. Term-to-term retention rates are lower for students who delay enrollment by 1 to 2 years (79% retention); 3 to 4 years (71% retention); and 5 years or more (71% retention). Mirroring national data, GRCC students who delay enrollment are more likely to be female and part-time; however, at GRCC, those who delay enrollment are no more likely to be placed in developmental courses than those who do not delay enrollment.

Though it’s early, ATD researchers have been able to draw some conclusions from the data:

  • Delaying enrollment reduces student success, however it does not guarantee completion or a successful transfer.
  • Students who delay enrollment have considerably different motivations for attending school , as well as different needs than immediate enrollees.
  • Understanding the goals and needs of delayed enrollees will be helpful in structuring a successful college experience for them, and this extra attention to detail will pay dividends as they represent half of incoming students.

Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count is a national non-profit organization committed to helping more community college students succeed, with a special focus on students of color and students with low-income. GRCC is one of the 150 colleges currently participating in the organization.

Source: Achieving the Dream, Data Notes, p. 1

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development – 5/14/12-5/18/12

The following 4 courses are available during the week of 5/14-5/18. Please register online at

Policies for Facebook, Twitter and Blogging: What’s Legal; What’s Not
Monday May 14, 2012 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM | 316 Main

Facebook, Twitter and blogs have become the biggest workplace distraction and also the latest hiring and discipline danger zones for employers. How can you effectively and legally manage electronic communications, preventing legal and information-security risks in your organization? During this 60-minute webinar, you and your staff will discover: Keys to draft & communicate an effective online & social media policy; Minimize legal liability in 2012: Regulations you need to know for compliance; Monitoring employee use of social networks: What’s legal & what’s not; Discipline do’s and don’ts to regulate employee online behavior

Bridging the Communication Gap

PART 1 of 2: Tues May 15, 2012 | 8:30 AM-12:30 PM  | 103 Sneden
PART 2 of 2: Tues May 29, 2012 | 12:30-4:30 PM | 103 Sneden

In this 2-part workshop, teams and individuals learn how to: Reduce resistance and increase acceptance by using communication strategies tailored to the needs of their audience; Create a non-defensive, open atmosphere in which information flows more freely, leading to more effective planning and decision making; Resolve differences in values, priorities, and interpretations of information for identifying mutually satisfying solutions; Recognize: Identify other people’s preferred ways of communicating by what they do, say, write, and ask; Translate: Adjust their requests, proposals, and presentations to match other people’s preferred ways of communicating; Answer: Address the key questions uppermost in other people’s minds that must be answered to win their support.

Smart Cycling-Road Rules Event
Tues May 15, 2012 | 10:30AM-12:00 PM | 108 Sneden

Active Commute Week – We are encouraging staff and students to participate in Active Commute Week – leave the car at home and Ride the Rapid, bike, roller blade or long board into GRCC! Officer Tony Myers will teach basic bike safety to keep you safe on the roads while commuting to work!

Getting the Most out of Excel 2010
Wed May 16, 2012 | 1:00-2:00 PM | 351 Main

Webinar: Explore how Excel 2010 takes advantage of a new, results-oriented user interface that provides easy access to powerful productivity tools, offers a larger workspace, and delivers faster performance. This presentation will demonstrate useful tips and tricks about new features and timesavers to help in your day-to-day work with Microsoft Excel.

GRCC Wellness Boot Camp Runs 2012 River Bank Run 5K

GRCC was well represented at the Fifth Third River Bank Run this year. Congratulations to all who participated and to their friends and families, there with them in the race, or chearing them on.  Reminder: there’s still time to get involved in GRCC’s wellness opportunities for staff.

2012 Riverbank Run

Brenda Spratling: “GRCC Wellness Bootcamp class runs the 5K at the 35th annually Fifththird River Bank Run on Saturday. Thank you to Bootcamp coach Cheryl Floyd for all the encouragement and training to get us there. We couldn’t have done it without you! You’re the BOMB!!”

Send your Riverbank Run photos to – we’d love to feature them.

Prospective Student Campus Tours Available all Summer Long

The Admissions Office will be hosting campus tours for prospective students all summer long. Tours will be held on Mondays at 10:30 am, Wednesdays at 10:30 am and Fridays at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. All tours begin with a presentation from an Admissions Recruiter followed by campus tours led by student workers from the Admissions Office and Enrollment Center.

The presentation and tours begin at the Enrollment Center.

If you know anyone who is interested in visiting the campus, have them go to to see available dates and times and to reserve their spot.

GRCC in the News – 5/14/12

‘Taxpayer Burnout’ Likely At Play In Rejection Of Grand Rapids Community College Millage Request
By ANNE SCHIEBER | May 12, 2012 | Michigan Capitol Confidential

Grand Rapids — After a stunning defeat at the polls Tuesday, the president of Grand Rapids Community College said it will be a long time, if at all, before the school goes back to the voters for more money.  (More)

GRCC Awarded Nearly $400k From Grant For HS Kids
Ryan Webber | FOX 17 Senior Web Producer | 4:26 p.m. EDT, May 11, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich— The U.S. Department of Education awarded Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) a $387,630 grant to continue funding its TRiO Upward Bound Program. Upward Bound at GRCC provides intensive educational, service leadership, and cultural opportunities. The program increases rates of post secondary success and creates positive contributors to our community.  (More)