ERIC Number: ED144652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Comparative Data on the Distribution of Grades Before and During the Open Admissions Policy at Queensborough Community College.
Cohen, Edward G.; And Others
Longitudinal grade distribution frequencies before and after the institution of open admissions in fall 1970 are discussed in three related documents. The first examines the period from spring 1968 to fall 1973, showing failure grades increasing from 5.2% to 10.1% (94% increase) with open admissions, and "C" grades decreasing 19%, while all other grades showed less than 2% change. In the second document, covering spring semesters from 1968 to 1974, similar changes are noted. In addition, the percentage of "F" grades appears to follow a linear downward trend since open admissions. Both papers include grades by departments and/or divisions, evening and day classes, and credit/non-credit course work. The third document summarizes the period from 1968 to 1976 to establish grade distribution indices for monitoring and comparing grades longitudinally. Over the nine-year span, highest levels of "F" grades are shown to occur in 1971 in the first open admissions spring semester, and again in spring 1976. Explanations of this phenomenon included (1) student schedule overloads, as reflected in a 6% rise in unofficial withdrawals in 1976, and (2) freshmen entering with College Admission Averages below 70 increased from 6.5% in spring 1975 to 43.2% in spring 1976, the year immediately preceding tuition imposition. Extensive statistical tables are appended to each document. (RT)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensborough Community Coll., Bayside, NY.