ERIC Number: ED219102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul-28
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of the Cost Effectiveness of Awarding Experiential Learning Credit at Coastline Community College. Spring 1981-1982.
Riedel, J. E.
Since its first year of operation, Coastline Community College (CCC) has granted students credit based on military experience, licensure, occupational training, credit-by-examination, and assessment of prior learning. In spring 1982, a study was conducted to compare the cost-effectiveness of granting credit for experience with that of the traditional system of granting credit. Two groups of 167 associate in arts (AA) degree, occupational students were sampled to determine whether there was any significant difference in the academic achievement or completion rates of the total group of students who had received experiential credit at CCC and a randomly selected group of students enrolled in the spring 1981 semester. While the study revealed no significant difference in the grade point averages of the two groups, there was a significant difference in the AA completion rates of the student groups: one in three of the students who had received experiential credit and one in 24 of the students who had not received such credit had received the AA degree by spring 1982. Based on the findings and the low cost per unit of granting experiential credit at CCC, it was concluded that granting such credit is cost-effective both in terms of student and community costs. The study report includes background information on CCC's experiential credit policies; a brief literature review; information on study objectives, methods, and results; and recommendations. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coast Community Coll. District, Costa Mesa, CA.; League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Los Angeles, CA.; Coastline Community Coll., Fountain Valley, CA.
Note: Office of Admissions, Guidance and Information Services Research Report Number 19.