ERIC Number: ED293592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Course Pass Rates in Fall 1987. Enrollment Analysis Report EA88-6.
Clagett, Craig A.; Diehl, Patricia K.
A study was conducted at Prince George's Community College (PGCC) in Maryland to determine the percentage of students enrolled in courses in fall 1987 who received passing grades, and to examine these pass rates with respect to academic discipline, and student gender, age, race, and admission status. Study findings included the following: (1) the overall pass rate was 73.4%, representing the highest collegewide fall course pass rate in 12 years; (2) female students achieved an overall pass rate of 76%, compared to 69% for males; (3) though women had higher pass rates than men in every instructional division, the gender difference was especially pronounced in English studies, in which the pass rate of women was 13% higher than that of men; (4) students over 25 years of age had a higher pass rate than students under 21; (5) White students had a pass rate of 77%, compared to 74% for Asian, Hispanic, and Native American students and 69% for Black students; (6) pass rates for continuing students rose from 73% in 1981 and 74% in 1985 to 76% in 1987; (7) occupational courses had higher overall pass rates than general education or developmental studies courses; and (8) disciplines with the highest pass rates were nursing (93%), hospitality services management (88%), and English literature (86%), while disciplines with the lowest pass rates were developmental mathematics (55%), mathematics (56%), and chemistry (58%). (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research.