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ERIC Number: ED044109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Pages: 29
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A Study on the Abolishment of Academic Dismissal and Failing Grades.
Purser, Timothy D.
Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) conducted this statistical study of community-junior colleges' academic policy concerning the elimination of academic dismissal and failing grades. To obtain data, a sample of 100 institutions was selected from the 698 regionally accredited junior colleges. Percentage representation in the sample was based on the number of accredited junior colleges in a state compared with the number of all states. Larger institutions were purposely over-represented (subsequent data analysis indicated no significant relationship between institutional enrollment and its academic policy on this matter). Under these conditions, 100 institutions were randomly selected and mailed a policy and attitude questionnaire. A response rate of 97 per cent was achieved. Analysis of study data indicated that: (1) 17 per cent of the junior colleges in the sample had eliminated academic dismissal and/or failing grades, while 26 per cent were considering it; (2) percentage distribution by region of institutions accepting or considering this policy was: Far West (33 per cent/33 per cent), Southwest (0 per cent/33 per cent), Rocky Mountain (60 per cent/50 per cent), Plains (43 per cent/25 per cent), Great Lakes (8 per cent/40 per cent), Southeast (12 per cent/28 per cent), Mideast (0 per cent/20 per cent), and New England (0 per cent/43 per cent); and (3) extending sample results to accredited junior colleges nationwide indicated that between 33 per cent and 50 per cent have either abolished or are considering abolishment of academic dismissal and/or failing grades as an academic policy. (JO)
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Authoring Institution: Cuyahoga Community Coll., Cleveland, OH.