ERIC Number: ED184638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Academic Success of Students Carrying More Than the Traditional Full-Time Credit Load at Minneapolis Community College.
Fall 1979 grade sheets for all Minneapolis Community College students carrying 16 credits or more were examined to determine the course completion rates of those students carrying more units than are necessary to complete graduation requirements in six quarters. Grade point averages (GPA's) and the proportion of credits earned to the number of credits attempted were tallied by gender and by whether the student was new or returning. Since concern for student overload had centered in the English department, special attention was given to the grades of those students taking English 95, 101, or 102. Selected results showed that of the 142 students involved in the study, 88 were women and 62% were returning students. A total of 48.1% of the new students and 50% of the returning students completed 91% to 100% of their course work. GPA's averaged almost half a point higher for returning students (2.929) than for new students (2.533). Women fared better than men in both completion rate and GPA. While six of the nine students taking English 95 (a developmental course) did not pass, students in English 101 and 102 achieved a 70% and a 75% success rate, respectively. Only 14.8% of the women and 9.3% of the men registered for the same number of credits or for more credits in the succeeding quarter. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Community Coll., Minn.
Identifiers: Student Course Load