ERIC Number: ED328328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Time to Associate Degree Study: The Experience of May 1990 Graduates of the Kent State University Regional Campuses.
Knight, William E.
In order to determine the length of time taken by graduates of Kent State University's Regional Campuses (RC) to obtain an Associate Degree, master records were analyzed for 91% (N=527) of the students who graduated in May 1990. The study considered the relationship between time to associate degree and such factors as campus attended, major, semester hours accumulated, gender, ethnicity, age, and grade point average (GPA). Complete information was not available for 67% of the graduates concerning the number of semesters they "stopped out," though available information suggested that one half of the graduates stop out at some point and that the average stop out period was two semesters. Other study findings included the following: (1) the May 1990 graduates were 96% Caucasian, 68% female, and an average of 31 years old; (2) the graduates had accumulated an average of 82 semester credit hours and earned an average GPA of 3.01; (3) the largest percentage of graduates received their degrees in 3 years, while the graduates averaged 6 years from admission to graduation; (4) the number of semesters to degree ranged from 5 semesters for Physical Therapy Assisting Technology graduates to 22 semesters for Systems/Industrial Engineering Technology graduates and 30 semesters for Banking and Finance Technology graduates; and (5) there was little difference in semesters to degree by gender, but older students and students with low GPA's tended to take longer to obtain their degrees. (GFW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Regional Campuses. Office of Academic Assessment and Evaluation Services.