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ERIC Number: ED308783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Pages: 19
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A Five-Year Longitudinal Study of Community College Student Behaviors: Toward a Definition of Student Success and Student Failure. AIR 1989 Annual Forum Paper.
Aquino, Felix J.
A 5-year longitudinal study of 15,000 community college students was conducted to examine student behaviors and outcomes. The importance of longitudinal studies in the analysis of student outcomes data and as a baseline for future student tracking systems is discussed. The computer methodologies by which the data were collected and analyzed are also discussed. Based on the findings, students were grouped into a number of mutually exclusive categories: full-time completers; part-time completers; successful non-completers; non-successful non-completers; and zero-credit earners. The aggregate behavior of each group was analyzed with respect to three common outcomes measures, median grade point average, median attrition ratio, and median total credit hours earned. Conceptualizations of success from the point of view of the institution and of the student are also discussed. A need is found for a model of behaviors that will specify under what circumstances attitudinal indicators will be used and under what conditions behavioral indicators will be used. Contains 6 references. (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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