ERIC Number: ED325157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Nursing Program Students and Academic Outcomes: Course-Taking, Graduation and Licensure, 1968-1989. Program Evaluation PE90-5.
In 1990, a longitudinal study was conducted of enrollments, student demographics, and educational outcomes of Prince George's Community College's (PGCC's) nursing program. Using state and institutional data, the study revealed that: (1) nursing enrollment and nursing course credit hour totals were among the six highest of PGCC's more than 30 instructional programs and curricula, and were continuing to grow while college enrollment and credit hour generation were experiencing an overall decline; (2) compared to PGCC's student body as a whole, the nursing program's enrolled a disproportionate number of females, older and married students, and foreign and non-white students; (3) 70% of the nursing students were minority group members, making PGCC's program unique among Maryland community college nursing programs in terms of a "majority minority" enrollment; (4) in recent years, nearly all of the nursing students attended on a part-time basis; (5) nursing students achieved higher grades and retention rates than the PGCC student body as a whole; (6) 50% of all students since 1968 who were officially recorded as "nursing majors" never attempted a single nursing course; (7) the program's graduation rate declined year to year since 1980; and (8) PGCC nursing students consistently had lower first-time pass rates on the state's licensing exam than other schools, dropping 20 points to a low of 68% in 1988-89. (AYC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Courses, Enrollment Trends, Graduation, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Longitudinal Studies, Minority Groups, Nursing Education, Nursing Students, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, Scores, State Norms, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.