ERIC Number: ED097041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Class Drop Policy Changes on Student Attrition and Final Grades (Graded Classes), Pasadena City College, 1965-1973.
Pasadena City Coll., CA.
An investigation was made of the effects of drop policy changes at Pasadena City College on student attrition and final-grade distributions. Data on student attrition were obtained from data processing printouts for the years 1965-1973, and final-grade distribution data were obtained from Departmental Grade Distribution Reports produced annually. Results of the survey showed that the first policy change that extended the drop data from the sixth week to the last three weeks caused a dramatic attrition increase, whereas the extending of the drop data an additional three weeks to the last Friday before finals increased attrition, but not to a significant degree. It was also shown that policy changes not only greatly increased the percentage of W (Withdrawal) grades but also shifted the distribution curve for A through F grades--the percentage of A and B grades was increased, with a reduction in C, D, and F grades. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pasadena City Coll., CA.