A new fact book for the College of the Marshall Islands was released last week by the Interim President Carl Hacker. The 2011 Fact Book takes data from the CMI’s School Minder system. Data extracts are true as of September 2011. Although the charts produced in this book show the complexities in dealing with student related performance data some obvious patterns do emerge. Highlights follow:
VIEW: College of the Marshall Islands 2011 Fact Book (pdf) 
Placement testing is increasing and although high school standards remain fairly consistent more students have opportunity to attend CMI.
New student enrollment is increasing with most new students starting at the lowest level of the developmental program.
Enrollment is increasing at a similar rate for both male and female student.
Enrollment increases are predominantly in the under 25 age group.
New students show a fairly high retention rate into the next semester. This rate severely decreases into the 4th or 5th semester.
The student population at CMI is dominated by students who are relatively new to CMI.
The number of students that have reached credit level English has dramatically increased in recent years.
In developmental classes student success decreases the longer a student attends CMI and still requires developmental education.
In college level classes success remains high but shows signs of recent decreases.
The developmental level classes (both English and STEM) show the highest enrollments, at the college level Liberal Arts is the largest department.
Students show a serious struggle with passing developmental math courses.
A greater percentage of credit level students started in developmental level 1 in recent years.
The higher in the developmental education program a student starts the more likely that student will be successful.
Although the 2 year graduation rate remains extremely low, a graduation rate without any time limits is fairly high.
The number of graduates has demonstrated very little significant increase in the last 6 years.
More graduates are coming through from the lowest developmental level. These students require a greater time to graduation.
- Courtesy of the College of Marshall Islands, Majuro, Marshall Islands