ERIC Number: ED031192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965
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Selected Factors Bearing on the Persistence and Academic Performance of Low Ability Students in Four California Junior Colleges.
Berg, Ernest Herbert
To study factors affecting the persistence and academic performance of low-ability students, the author defined and identified the students, chose four junior colleges for his population, and selected the relevant data. To facilitate analysis, the characteristics of the students were divided into: (1) personal and social (age; sex; scholastic ability; socioeconomic, marital, employment, and academic status) and (2) vocational and educational plans (length of attendance at college, choice of program and major, number of units attempted). Students' attitudes were examined according to their satisfaction with counseling services, with instruction, and with the college as a whole. Findings showed a low academic performance (40% with a GPA below 1.50; 66% below 2.00) and a varying persistence rate (40% remaining through the fourth semester at one college; 17% at another). The relationships of the selected characteristics to academic performance and to persistence are presented. The author concludes that California junior colleges, especially the counselors, must change their approach and attitude if they are to provide a successful experience for low-ability students. The entire concept of educational opportunity for all must include significant and serious efforts on their behalf. (HH)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Low Ability Students, Persistence, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: California