ERIC Number: ED295687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
A Retention Study at Burlington County College in General College Chemistry.
Sollimo, Vincent J.
A study was conducted at Burlington County College to investigate the relationship between the academic characteristics and course completion of students enrolled in General College Chemistry (CHE 105) in fall 1985. The study involved an examination of students' academic records and a survey of students who did not successfully pass the course. Of the 126 students who enrolled in the course, 21.4% received an A, 21.4% a B, 26.2% a C, 2.3% a D, 13.5% an F, 4.7% an X (withdrawal after mid-term for non-academic reasons), 6.3% a W (withdrawal before mid-term), 2.3% an E (withdrawal for medical reasons), and 1.6% a Z (withdrawal during the first 10 days of the term). Study findings included the following: (1) students who received an A in CHE 105 had a mean grade point average (GPA) of 3.65 and had completed 85.3% of the credits they had attempted; (2) students who received a D or F grade or withdrew from the class had a GPA of 1.41 and had completed only 38.5% of the credits attempted; (3) there was a slight positive correlation between students previous math experience and success in CHE 105; and (4) students who did not successfully complete the course found the most difficult part of CHE 105 to be the time pressure to complete assignments and prepare for exams. Based on study findings, it was recommended that placement criteria in CHE 105 be a GPA of at least 2.0, a course completion ratio of at least 73%, previous math experience at least at the level of intermediate algebra, and recent successful completion of an introductory chemistry course or equivalent. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Burlington County Coll., Pemberton, NJ.