ERIC Number: ED116739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Descriptive Analysis of Students in Academic Difficulty at the Harrisburg Area Community College.
The academic suspension policy at Harrisburg Area Community College prescribes minimum grade point averages which must be maintained for students to remain academically eligible. In order to study the effectiveness of this policy, the faculty council held it in abeyance for a period of three semesters. The intent of this research was to compare the academic progress of those students placed on suspension and readmitted after a period of nonacademic activity (Group 1), and those students who would ordinarily have been suspended, but were permitted to re-enroll during the subsequent semester (Group 2). Variables identified included: demographic data, curriculum admitted to, current curriculum; semester suspended, GPA of suspension semester, credits carried during suspension semester; readmit date; GPA's first and second semester after readmit, credits taken those semesters; cumulative GPA, cumulative credits, and graduation. During the period of spring 1970 to fall 1975, 1,302 students were suspended, of whom 259 returned to school, and 21 graduated. In Group 1, 82 percent did not return, and in Group 2, 77 percent did not return. The success (measured by GPA) of students after readmission was lower in Group 2 than in Group 1. Data are organized into 46 tables on the basis of the variables identified above. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harrisburg Area Community Coll., PA.