ERIC Number: ED181969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
On the Question of Whether Non-Credit Course Work Generates College Credit Course Work.
Stein, June B.
A list of 787 students who had completed courses in the Community Services Program at Minneapolis Community College (MCC) during the fall quarters of 1977 and 1978 was checked against official transcripts at the end of 1979 to determine if participation in non-credit courses led to registration in credit classes. Transcripts were tallied by year, sex, and by whether the student had taken credit courses prior to taking non-credit courses or at the same time or after having taken non-credit courses. Totals were adjusted to accommodate those students who were enrolled during both quarters, and the transcripts of those students enrolled in either of two "credit by option" courses were tallied separately. In 1977, of the 277 people taking only non-credit courses, 8 (2.9%) had previously taken credit courses at MCC and 1 student took credit courses after completing the non-credit course. During the quarter, an additional 33 students were taking a combination of credit and non-credit courses. In 1978, 462 students registered for only non-credit courses; 37% had registered for credit courses before beginning their non-credit work, while 3.9% registered for credit courses while or after taking the non-credit courses. The data indicate that it is more likely that credit courses led to interest in taking non-credit courses than vice versa. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Community Coll., Minn.