ERIC Number: ED188680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Course Completion Rates for Fall 1979: Impact on Student Retention. Report No. 80-16.
Clagett, Craig A.
Course completion rates, as measures of college performance and student success, have been computed at Prince George's Community College for the past 11 years. An analysis of Fall 1979 grades revealed that the college-wide course completion rate was 72%. While the Health Technology and Physical Education divisions continued to have higher course completion rates than the college average, Developmental Studies and Science and Mathematics courses and telecredit courses had rates below the average. Among the College's larger departments, the Mathematics Department had the greatest change from 1978, declining 4% to a 62% passing rate. Passing rates in introductory courses were lower than the combined completion rates for all other courses in 12 of 18 disciplines. When selected sections using the Personalized System of Instruction were reviewed, it was found that they had lower completion rates than sections of the same courses taught in the traditional lecture format, but that they also had high proportions of students receiving an "A." Of the 20 disciplines with classes off-campus, 17 had higher completion rates at extension centers than at the central campus. While the proportion of students not successfully completing courses remained stable since 1975, in l979 a higher percentage of students withdrew than received a failing grade. Data tables illustrate findings. (Author/AYC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD.