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ERIC Number: ED333954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Spinetta, Katrin; Phillips, Jo Ann
The Peralta Community College District (PCCD) is comprised of four comprehensive, public, two-year colleges serving a diverse student population of 28,000. In response to state-mandated matriculation research requirements, and to an invitation to participate in a national study of student outcomes in urban community colleges, PCCD conducted a transcript analysis of spring 1990 degree recipients to determine the time-to-degree for these graduates. In addition, spring 1985 and spring 1980 graduate cohorts were examined to determine emerging trends. The spring 1990 cohort consisted of 472 graduates while the 1985 and 1990 cohorts consisted of 747 and 645 degree recipients respectively. Study findings include the following: (1) the mean time-to-degree for graduates had increased from 7.61 terms in 1980 to 9.13 terms in 1990; (2) since 1980, the percentage of Asian, Filipino, and Hispanic/Latino students receiving degrees had increased by 62%, 33%, and 57% respectively, while the percentages of African Americans and Whites receiving degrees had decreased by 13% and 10% respectively; (3) for the 1990 cohort, Native American and White students earned degrees in the least number of terms, while Asians had the most number of units per term; (4) females, who tended to take fewer units per term, took slightly longer to graduate than males; (5) only 2% of the 1980 cohort took a long break in enrollment (6 or more years), compared with 7% in 1985, and 11% in 1990; and (6) steady increases in the number of students indicating the intention to transfer suggests a growing use of the associate degree as a transfer degree. Summary results of a graduate follow-up survey, detailed data tables, and references are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Peralta Community Coll. System, Oakland, CA.