ERIC Number: ED309805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul-25
Reference Count: N/A
Longitudinal Study of Performance of Students Entering Harper College, 1976-1986. Volume XVII, Number 1.
A longitudinal study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC), in Illinois, to observe the performance and achievement of students entering the college each fall from 1967 through 1986. Academic and personal data from transcripts were analyzed for randomly selected samples of 200 full- and 200 part-time students from each fall's entering class. Study findings included the following: (1) grade point averages (GPAs) were greatly affected by the implementation of a policy allowing faculty to give a grade of "N" rather than "F" to students who did not attend; the policy caused GPAs to rise from 2.38 to 2.62 for full-time students and from 2.24 to 2.74 for part-time students; (2) full-time students entering WRHC after the age of 21 had GPAs 0.38 points higher than their younger counterparts, while part-time students over 35 achieved GPAs 0.98 points higher than part-time students under 21; (3) the average GPA of female students was 2.62, compared to 2.36 for males; (4) persistence rates remained fairly constant over the years, with approximately 65% of the students who started WRHC full time returning the next fall; (5) part-time students attended WRHC for an average of 3.5 semesters and earned an average of 18 credit hours, while full-time students averaged 4.8 semesters and earned an average of 45 credit hours; (6) older students were more likely than younger students to drop out before graduation; and (7) while 35% to 40% of the students attended another school before WRHC, only approximately 9% actually transferred credit hours from another college to Harper. The bulk of the report consists of longitudinal data tables. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Degrees (Academic), Full Time Students, Grade Point Average, Grading, Longitudinal Studies, Part Time Students, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.