ERIC Number: ED254267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-12
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Grades, GPA, and Retention of Developmental Students at Northwest Technical College.
Suter, Marcia A.
A study was conducted to compare the academic success of students who completed developmental education courses at Northwest Technical College with that of students who did not take such courses, but whose placement test scores indicated that they should. Subjects of the study were selected from 499 students who were advised, based on their test scores, to enroll in developmental sections of Basic Communications (BC1000) or Technical Mathematics (TM1200) between 1980 and 1983. The study focused on the grades, grade point averages (GPA's), and retention rates of 136 students who enrolled in BC1000 and 147 students who elected to enroll in college-level Basic Communications (BC1001); and 143 students who enrolled in TM1200 and 73 students who chose to enroll in the college-level technical mathematics course (TM1201). Study findings indicated: (1) 17.6% of the BC1001 group withdrew, compared to 10.2% of the BC1000 group; (2) 17% of the TM1201 students and 15% of the TM1200 students withdrew; (3) while the BC1000 group had slightly higher GPA's than the BC1001 group, the TM1201 group had slightly higher GPA's than the TM1200 group; (4) those who received unsatisfactory grades in their developmental classes were more likely to withdraw from college than those who received satisfactory grades; and (5) 100% of the developmental students who eventually graduated had received satisfactory grades in Their developmental course work. Findings are illustrated in six statistical tables. (HB)
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Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of Toledo.