ERIC Number: ED063929
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-May
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Academic Persistence of Some Students at St. Petersburg Junior College.
Ammons, Rose Mary
In an effort to examine the variables contributing to academic persistence, 1,691 St. Petersburg (Florida) Junior College (SPJC) students (960 male and 731 female) were tested two years after their initial enrollment. Ten cognitive variables and 15 non-cognitive variables were examined to determine their relationship to persistence, defined as the number of academic hours attempted over the 2-year period. Results indicate: (1) first semester grade point average was the best single predictor of persistence; (2) adding the total score of the Florida Statewide Twelfth Grade Test to the equation improved prediction for both sexes; (3) significant differences between the means of graduating and non-graduating students were found for all cognitive variables and for a variety of non-cognitive variables; and (4) a large proportion of successful (at least 2.0 GPA) students did not persist at SPJC. Recommendations include intensive counseling for freshmen during their first semester and further study on reasons for withdrawal of successful students. (Author/RG)
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Authoring Institution: Saint Petersburg Junior Coll., FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida