ERIC Number: ED220120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Comments on the Significance of the Statewide Longitudinal Study.
Dominici, Margaret L.
This paper examines the implications of the California Statewide Longitudinal Study (SLS) of community college students with respect to college admissions and records, and concerns such as recruitment, registration, attrition, grading, probation and dismissal, and reporting. After an introduction to the institutional role of admissions and records and a discussion of changes in college missions and student objectives, selected SLS findings and their implications are presented. In terms of recruitment, the fact that 58% of the students had left high school 1 year or less prior to entering the community colleges suggests a need for a close working relationship with high schools and raises questions of how to reach those who are not recent high school students. With respect to registration, the high percentage of students with zero active units on the first day of classes suggests that methods should be developed to allow for more efficient and effective use of data processing resources. With regard to grading policies, the finding that a large number of students are not concerned with grades or college credit suggests that the introduction of stringent grading policies could have a negative impact on community college students. Finally, the finding that 41% of the day students and 60% of the evening students were not attending classes to receive credit suggests that attrition in the traditional sense may be an inapplicable term for today's community colleges. (HB)
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Attendance Records, College Administration, College Admission, Community Colleges, Grading, Longitudinal Studies, School Registration, State Surveys, Student Attrition, Student Educational Objectives, Student Records, Student Recruitment, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California; Statewide Longitudinal Study CA
Note: Part of a series of papers by a panel of experts reviewing the California Statewide Longitudinal Study (for the final report of this study, see ED 217 917). For other papers in the review series, see JC 820 347-356.