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A Descriptive Study of Persistence Rates for International Students in Texas Community Colleges
AASCIT Journal of Education
Vol.3 , No. 3, Publication Date: Sep. 8, 2017, Page: 16-21
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Rami Alsakran, Department of Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, USA.


John R. Slate, Department of Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, USA.


The purpose of this study was to identify the 5 Texas community colleges with the highest and the lowest 1-year persistence rates for International students in the 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013 academic years, and to identify any consistencies that might be present for these Texas community colleges. The use of descriptive statistics revealed that 2 Texas community colleges (i.e., Lone Star College - Cy-Fair and Victoria College) were consistent with their high 1-year persistence rates for all 3 academic years. One Texas community college (i.e., Central Texas College) was consistent with its low 1-year persistence rates for all 3 academic years. Results from this descriptive study could be used by community college leaders to examine more closely any program they have related to improving student persistence rates. Moreover, results could be used by International students searching for a Texas community college in which to enroll.


Persistence Rates, International Students, Community College, Challenges


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