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ERIC Number: ED256422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-26
Pages: 38
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An Evaluation of the Use of Major Selection to Predict Program Completion Rates of Career Oriented Liberal Arts Programs at Kirkwood Community College.
Koefoed, Julius O., Jr.
A study was conducted at Kirkwood Community College (KCC) to assess the role played by students' selection of a major as a predictor of academic success as measured by graduation from a two-year college. The study utilized computerized records and transcripts of students enrolled at KCC during fall 1974 through fall 1980. The records of a sample of 100 randomly selected students (or 0.5% of the approximately 2,000 students enrolled per year in Arts and Sciences) were used to verify credit-course enrollment and to separate students into career-oriented and liberal arts majors. Study findings indicated: (1) 95% of the students were liberal arts majors and 5% were career-oriented majors; (2) urban students were more likely to drop classes than rural students; (3) liberal arts students were more likely than career-oriented students to drop classes; (4) career-oriented students were ten times more likely to graduate in their initial major than were liberal arts students (80% to 7.4%); (5) males comprised 44% of the sample but accounted for 80% of the graduates and 27.3% of males graduated compared to 5.4% of females. Study recommendations include the identification of students most likely to withdraw, particularly part-time, female, and older students, and the establishment of an advising center to aid these and other students. (HB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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