ERIC Number: ED267880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Raising the Grade Point Average Standards at Miami-Dade Community College: An Impact Study. Research Report No. 85-28.
A study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) to determine the impact of raising the minimum grade point average (GPA) from 1.50 to 1.75. A cohort of 1,745 credit students was identified based on their end-of-term GPA for the fall term 1982. The cohort, which consisted of students who completed the term with a GPA between 1.50 and 1.75, was divided into a group that had earned 17 or fewer credits, a group that earned 18 to 33 credits, and a group with 34 or more credits. Return rates and academic progress were examined for each group. Study findings included the following: (1) of the 1,745 students enrolled in fall 1982, 65.9% returned in winter 1982, 45% in fall 1983, 38.1% in winter 1983, 29.6% in fall 1984, and 25.1% in winter 1984; (2) return rates were similar for all groups regardless of credits earned; (3) 33.7% of the students who returned for the winter 1982 term improved their GPA by the end of that semester; and (4) while all three groups registered for a substantial number of credits, only 122 students had earned a degree or certificate by the end of the winter 1984 term. The study showed that raising the GPA standard at MDCC would have a significant impact on a large number of students. MDCC's standards of academic progress are appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.