Fall to Winter Retention


OCC’s Fall to Winter retention rate trend comes from OCC’s data warehouse reporting system and National Student Clearinghouse. Retention is defined as students who enroll during the Fall Term and then re-enroll at OCC in the following Winter Term. The dashboard shows 5 years’ worth of retention rate data. Filters can be used to drill down into more detailed information on any sub-group.

  • Retention Rate Calculations: # of students who returned in Winter / (total # of students enrolled in Fall term - # of students transferred to 4 year institution - # of students graduated).
  • Division: Collection of similar programs of study grouped into categories.
  • FTIAC: First Time in Any College (FTIAC) students are those who have never attended college before this term.
  • Non-FTIAC: Students who have experienced higher education before this term at OCC or elsewhere.
  • In-District: Students who reside within Oakland County.
  • Out-of-District: Students who reside in a region outside of Oakland County. This includes anyone out of the county, state, or country.
  • Full-Time Status: A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits.
  • Part-Time Status: A student enrolled for less than 12 semester credits.
  • PELL Eligible: PELL grant program (Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart I, as amended.) provides assistance to eligible undergraduate postsecondary students with demonstrated financial need to help meet education expenses. If a student is eligible for PELL, they can choose not to use PELL.
  • Age: Age at the initial Fall. If age or birth date is not reported, then it’s unknown.
  • Gender: Self-reported gender in the initial Fall. If gender is not reported, then it’s unknown.
  • Race/Ethnicity: Self-reported race/ethnicity in the initial Fall.