ERIC Number: ED312020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Predicting Classroom Success.
Kessler, Ronald P.
A study was conducted at Rancho Santiago College (RSC) to identify personal and academic factors that are predictive of students' success in their courses. The study examined the following possible predictors of success: language and math test scores; background characteristics; length of time out of high school; high school background; college plans; and interest in receiving information about campus support services. Students who were enrolled in one of eight general education courses and had recently taken placement exams were surveyed. Study findings, based on student history data found in the college's database and on survey responses from 221 of the 422 students contacted, included the following: (1) 30% of the students' mothers and 28% of their fathers never completed high school; (2) the students had completed an average of 3.5 years of high school English and worked an average of 11 to 20 hours a week while attending RSC; (3) only 8% of the respondents had never used the college library or had used it only once; (4) 25% used counseling services only once, and 60% used the job placement center; (5) the degree to which a student could rely on his/her support system was a good predictor of success in four of the six transfer-level courses studied; (6) mother's educational level was an important predictor in four of the eight courses, but father's education affected only two of the courses; and (7) English test scores predicted success in math classes, and math test scores predicted success in such non-math classes as political science and speech. The study report includes findings for each class and the survey instrument. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rancho Santiago Community Coll., Santa Ana, CA.