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ERIC Number: ED305127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Associate in Arts Degree Graduates: Traditional or Non-Traditional Students? Research Report No. 87-20.
Morris, Cathy; And Others
A study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) to determine the extent to which the college's Associate in Arts (AA) degree graduates possessed the characteristics of "nontraditional" students (e.g., older, employed, married, or attending on a part-time or stopout basis). A random sample of 400 AA graduates was drawn from the 2,829 students who graduated during the 1985-86 academic year. Transcripts and graduation information system reports were available for 377 of these graduates. Study findings included the following: (1) 74% of the graduates had enrolled on a part-time basis for at least one term, and 28% had attended part time for over half of their attendance at the college; (2) 36% had enrolled for a term and then officially withdrawn from MDCC; (3) 31% skipped at least one major term during their enrollment, and 25% skipped two or more terms; (4) 23% earned credit at other institutions; (5) 64% of the graduates were enrolled for six or more major terms, and 28% for 8 or more; (6) 33% began their enrollment five or more years prior to graduation; (7) 25% had taken some remedial coursework at MDCC; (8) 82% withdrew from at least one course; (9) 80% had made program changes, averaging three changes in major during their attendance; and (10) only 4% of the AA graduates showed any English-as-a-Second-Language credits. (AAC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Associate Degrees, Attendance Patterns, College Credits, Community Colleges, Enrollment Trends, Nontraditional Students, Part Time Students, Stopouts, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.