ERIC Number: ED345014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
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First Semester College Performance of GED Graduates at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Owens, Diane K. S.
A study compared records of General Educational Development (GED) graduates and University of Alaska (UAA) students to assess first-semester college performance of 506 recently certified GED graduates. Data indicated that 31 percent of Anchorage-area GED graduates had enrolled at the UAA within 1 to 4 years following their GED graduation. Fifty percent of those students experienced success in their first semester. Correlations were run suggesting that significant relationships exist between college grade point average and each of three variables: GED composite scores, enrollment ages, and GED reading test scores. A comparison of frequency distributions suggested that, although the level of GED scores is not a significant factor, age is a significant factor in successful course completion. A higher proportion of older students achieved success than those students under 25 years of age. It was concluded that GED graduates can be expected to experience difficulties not limited to academic unpreparedness in their first college semester. (16 references) (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: General Educational Development Tests; University of Alaska Anchorage