ERIC Number: ED316303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
A Mandate for the 90's: Research on Success of General Educational Development (GED) Recipients in Higher Education.
Turner, Anita P.
A study was conducted to determine factors leading to the success of General Educational Development (GED) recipients at North Shore Community College (NSCC). The sample population consisted of 160 GED recipients who had attended more than one semester at NSCC, declared a major, and earned a grade point average (GPA) of at least 1.00. The survey asked students for background information, reasons they enrolled in the GED program, post-GED college experiences, and suggestions for the program. Responses from 87 students were analyzed to identify the most significant factors influencing the success of GED recipients in higher education. Data indicated that GED recipients enrolled, matriculated, and earned above average cumulative GPA's in higher education. Significant factors in GED recipients' college success included self-motivation; referral/support of family, friends, and college staff; consistent contact with one program coordinator and/or advisor; and use of college services. Six relevant factors were also identified: (1) participation in a formal GED preparation program and formal completion of at least the 10th grade facilitated success in higher education; (2) age was not a significant determinant of success; (3) those with higher GED scores did not necessarily go on to earn higher cumulative GPA's; (4) working full-time seemed to negatively influence academic achievement, while working part-time seemed to have no influence; (5) in a multi-campus setting, class attendance at two campuses had little effect on cumulative GPA's; and (6) students who used public transportation to get to campus appeared to have lower cumulative GPA's than those who drove. Appended are the survey instruments, data highlights and analysis, and a detailed description of the research methodology. (WJT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Continuation Students, Continuing Education, Educational Attainment, High School Equivalency Programs, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Certification, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Needs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Shore Community Coll., Beverly, MA.