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ERIC Number: ED309822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
College Preparatory Instruction and Student Persistence at Broward Community College. Institutional Research Report Abstract RR89-14.
Gabe, LiAnne C.
A study was conducted at Broward Community College (BCC) to determine whether student performance on placement tests and enrollment in college preparatory courses have any bearing on graduation and persistence rates. Using data on first-time students entering BCC in fall 1985 and fall 1986, the study revealed: (1) of the 758 fall 1986 students who passed all placement tests, 61.3% were still enrolled after two years, and 14.5% had graduated; (2) 593 of the fall 1986 freshmen scored below college-level in one skill area; among these students, the 171 students who successfully completed the corresponding college preparatory course had higher graduation and persistence rates than the 422 students who did not take/pass the course; (3) 397 students scored below college-level in two skill areas; of these students, 47.6% of the 210 students who took/passed no college preparatory classes were still enrolled two years later; 64.6% of the 147 students who successfully completed one college prep class were still enrolled; and 80% of the 40 students who passed two college prep classes were still enrolled; (4) combined persistence and graduation rates among students who scored below college-level in three areas were highest for students who successfully completed three college prep classes (85.7%), followed by those who passed two prep classes (77.4%), those who passed one class (62.4%), and those who took/passed no college prep classes (35.6%); and (5) when persistence after three years was examined, graduation rates had increased and overall persistence had decreased. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Broward Community Coll., Fort Lauderdale, FL.