ERIC Number: ED305961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Research Report on the Fall 1988 Mid-Term Deficiency Follow-Up Project.
McCarthy, Frederick J.
For over 15 years, the Dean for Educational Services at Jefferson Community College (New York) has regularly identified and written to students whose mid-term grades indicated that they were in potential academic jeopardy. During fall 1988, a study was conducted to measure the effect of this intervention strategy on grades and persistence. Of the 106 students who received two or more F's, Incompletes, or Y's (abandonment grades) at mid-term, 54 were sent a letter explaining the significance of their grades and encouraging them to consult with their advisor or division chair or to complete the formal withdrawal process if they did not intend to complete the semester. Study findings included the following: (1) half of the students who received the letters and half of those who did not acted upon their mid-semester grades by exercising the college's course withdrawal option or by improving their grades; (2) the students who received the letters had a higher number and ratio of withdrawal grades than those who were not contacted; (3) among students who did not withdraw, both groups showed similar final grade distributions; (4) both the students who received the letters and those who did not had significantly more Y grades at the end of the semester than at mid-semester; (5) students who received the letters had a 61% fall-to-spring persistence rate, while those who did not had a persistence rate of 44%; and (6) of the 106 students in academic jeopardy at mid-term, 50 received letters of academic censure at the end of the semester. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jefferson Community Coll., Watertown, NY.