ERIC Number: ED313064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Course Retention Analysis. Focus Study.
Mount San Antonio Coll., Walnut, CA.
A study was conducted at Mount San Antonio College (MSAC), California, to analyze patterns in credit course retention between fall 1986 and spring 1989. The study investigated the development of course prerequisites based on faculty perceptions of the skills necessary for success and minimal skill levels associated with success; student assessment and placement at MSAC since 1985; English and mathematics placement results since 1983-84; the influence of successful English course completion on student retention; and the effects of skill prerequisites on minority students. Study findings included the following: (1) the number of placement tests given to MSAC students increased from 13,223 in 1985-86 to 20,125 in 1988-89; (2) the largest number of tests were given in August and January; (3) placement test results in English and mathematics remained fairly stable between 1983-84 and 1988-89; and (4) after prerequisites became mandatory in 1987, grade point average and retention were higher for Black and Hispanic students in over 50% of their courses. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mount San Antonio Coll., Walnut, CA.
Note: Part II of the report is not included. For information on Part II, the detailed division/department analysis, please contact the Office of Institutional Research of Mount San Antonio College.