ERIC Number: ED119752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Through the Open Door; A Study of Patterns of Enrollment and Performance in California's Community Colleges. Report 76-1.
Knoell, Dorothy; And Others
This report summarizes a longitudinal study of 32,245 students enrolled for credit and new to 32 California community colleges during the fall quarter of 1972. Patterns of enrollment for six semesters are analyzed by a number of criteria: age at the time of community college entrance, sex, part-time versus full-time status, and freshman versus transfer admission. At the end of six semesters, 32 percent of the sample had persisted two or more continuous semesters, 6 percent were still enrolled, 8 percent had graduated, 19 percent had enrolled for more than one term but did not persist in continuous attendance, and 35 percent had enrolled for only the first term during the 3-year period studied. A followup study of a sample of the students who had been enrolled for only one term is reported, and the cumulative records of grades earned by students are analyzed. A section of findings about the extent to which the California community college system is fulfilling its purposes and achieving its objectives is included, and a number of recommendations concerning community college function, student accounting, grading, reporting and analysis of student data, faculty development, and policy-making are made. Data are organized into 19 tables, and a list of participating institutions is appended. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California