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ERIC Number: ED239698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Impact of the Standards of Academic Progress on Student Achievement and Persistence at Miami-Dade Community College. Report Report No. 83-23.
Losak, John; Morris, Cathy
A study was conducted to examine patterns of persistence in student enrollments at Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) prior to and after the imposition of new Standards of Academic Progress in 1978. Students who enrolled for 3 of 4 consecutive semesters during a 2-year period were considered persisters, while those who enrolled for only 1 or 2 consecutive terms were considered non-persisters. Data for first-time-in-college students entering in 1976, 1978, 1979, and 1980 revealed: (1) after the implementation of the standards, Black students showed increased persistence, White students showed no change in persistence, and Hispanic students showed earlier discontinuation patterns; (2) post-standards persisters had improved grade point averages (GPA's) or similar GPA's when compared to pre-standards students; (3) part-time students, in all ethnic categories, had earlier discontinuation rates after the imposition of the standards, though GPA's for part-time persisters remained relatively stable; (4) among full-time students, a higher proportion of persisters and Black and Hispanic non-persisters had a "clear" academic status after the standards were imposed; and (5) among part-time students, a higher proportion of persisters and Black and White non-persisters had a "clear" status post-standards. Based on study findings, it was concluded that the impact of the standards was differential by ethnic category, and that because of the standards continuing students were achieving at a higher level and less talented students were discontinuing their studies. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.
Note: Figures for tables prepared by Margaret Mannchen.