ERIC Number: ED267186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Model to Improve the Success Rate of Students in Selected Health Career Programs in the North Carolina Community College System. Final Report.
Petty, Norman H.; Todd, Anne
A project sought to identify variables that are associated with student success in allied health care programs in order to provide program directors with better admissions information. Forty-nine allied health programs provided data on over 1,800 students. One questionnaire generated these basic program data for each participating program: dropout rates, class sizes, types of admissions tests used, and general admissions criteria. Program directors also provided information on student factors they thought might be related to student success. Participating programs were associate degree nursing, dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, physical therapy, radiologic technology, and respiratory therapy. Program directors subsequently completed student data profiles. Data analysis revealed that age, specific admissions tests, and student personal characteristics had predictive power in relation to the measure of student success--grade point average (GPA). Preliminary program-specific admissions models showing the relationship between the dependent variable GPA and various independent or predictive variables were developed for four programs: nursing, radiology, respiratory therapy, and physical therapy. Future research should be undertaken to determine the dimensionality of the 11 perceived factors (student personal characteristics), set up experimental comparisons between admissions tests within specific program areas, and develop specific admissions models. (Instruments and correspondence are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina State Dept. of Community Colleges, Raleigh.
Authoring Institution: Central Piedmont Community Coll., Charlotte, NC.
Note: Document is printed on colored paper.