ERIC Number: ED339273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
GED Certification and College Success.
A study was done to investigate the relative success in higher education of students who had a high school diploma as compared to those who had not graduated from high school but rather completed a General Educational Development (GED) certification. A review of the literature on research of this question indicated that either there was no significant difference or that the traditional high school graduates would attain a higher grade average. For this study, the population included 2,326 students enrolled in Kankakee Community College (Illinois) during the 1990 fiscal year. From this number, 50 GED recipients and 50 high school diploma recipients were randomly selected. Using data from transcripts the overall grade point averages (GPA) were tabulated for means and standard deviations. A t-test was employed to determine if there was any statistically significant difference between the mean scores. The analysis revealed that a significant difference existed between the two groups with the GED graduates having, on average, a higher GPA. One table and 10 references are included. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A