Quote from miiszkimberlycna
i remember looking @ coppin state two years ago, and i remember on the website they said they accept approx. 100-150 students . i started @ bowie state straight out of high school(left after a semester), and they accept 50 students, only in the spring. so it looks like for both of these schools, retention is an issue.
yeah it is 100-150. but to be fair we should look at the schools demographics and the average graduation rate in the state at 4 years. in 2008 (most recent year with data available from mhec) coppin had 3291 undergrads and 87.299%
of them were african-american (africans and other non-americans of african decent were not included in that percentage). since african americans are the overwhelming majority, and for ease of argument (and math) i am going to use the comparitive figures as if the entire population of coppin was african american.
now its hard to use the rest of mhec's data as it pertains to a 4 year school, not a 2+2 or in this case a 1+3, but i'll do my best.
in 2008 the 2nd year retention rate for african-americans was 72.8%
the 4 year graduation rate for african-americans was 19.7%
(data is from the class that started in 2005, which makes sense as reports take time to compile and they had to wait until the class of 2005 graduated to collect the data). this is 19% less than the entire md student population as a whole in 2005 at 38.7%.
using the second year retention rate as an indicator of the 4 year graduation rate (looking at the data the numbers clearly have a high corolation), the 4 year graduation rate will be around 20% for the classes 2006-2008.
of course i should assume that the entire coppin population is female as women typically make up the majority of a college population and certainly make up the majority of a nursing cohort. this being the case:
in 2008 the 2nd year retention rate for african-american females was 73.9%
the 4 year graduation rate for african-american females was 23.8%
(data is from the class that started in 2005, which makes sense as reports take time to compile and they had to wait until the class of 2005 graduated to collect the data).
now coppins over all 4 year graduation rate for 2004 was 4.2% which is very close to their graduation rate for african americans at 4.1%.
this being the case i think my decision to consider the entire sutudent population to be african american can be assumed to be valid.
now to make sense of all this data.
if 61 of 150 students (i say 150 as i really doubt their cohorts are ever not full, everyone wants to be a nurse)graduate coppin and sit for the nclex thats a graduation rate of 41.66% or 10 times the expected rate given the institution and about 2 times the expected rate given the population
(african-american females). that graduation rate is better than the state average 4 year graduation rate of 38.7.
this (2 times the expected rate given the population)
is what matters, coppin is a hbu and given the data, their nursing program does a really good job at producing results.
i can't begin to explain the disparity in graduation rates between schools and race, i just dont have the time to pour thru all that data, plus the social factors that come into play. but given the disparity, coppins nursing progam is a good program (plus it just moved into a state of the art facility in 2008).