ERIC Number: ED271135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Student Persistence and Achievement: An Evaluation of the Effects of an Extended Orientation Course.
Stupka, Edwin H.
A study was conducted at Sacramento City College to determine the effect of "College Success" (CS), an extended orientation class, on students' academic performance and persistence. The study included three groups of students: 116 students enrolled in CS, 104 students who attended a 4-hour New Student Orientation (NSO), and 84 students who attended a last-minute, 1-hour information session (IS). Students from each group were matched by age, sex, and recommended reading and writing placement. When comparing the academic performance and persistence of CS students with that of either of the other groups, it was found that CS students: (1) completed an average of 2.76 more semester units of college credit; (2) earned a grade point average that was .71 grade points higher; and (3) had proportionately lower dropout rates (i.e., 8.62% compared to 18.27% for NSO students and 21.29% for IS students). Based on study findings, it was concluded that there was sufficient evidence at the 5% level to indicate that taking the CS course did result in significant positive differences in academic performance and persistence of matched pairs of students. No statistically significant differences between the two non-treatment groups were observed on any of the measures of academic performance or persistence. Student data summary and statistical formulas are appended. (Author/EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sacramento City Coll., CA.
Note: Sponsored in part by a grant from the Northern California Cooperative Institutional Research Group.