ERIC Number: ED340433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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A Study of the Relationship between Attendance and Grades of Three Business Law Classes at Broome Community College.
Davenport, William S.
In an effort to encourage the growth and maturity of its students, Broome Community College in New York abolished its attendance policy. For the past 7 years, both attendance rates and grade point averages (GPA's) of students at the college had been dropping. In 1990, a study was conducted at BCC to determine if there was a measurable relationship between attendance patterns and final grades in courses. Participants in the study were 78 students enrolled in three sections of Business Law II during the spring term of 1990. Attendance was recorded for each class, and students' attendance was classified as either excellent (less than 3 classes missed out of 29), good (3 to 6 missed classes), or poor (more than 6 missed classes). During the semester, students were tested four times, with each test accounting for 25% of the final grade. Grades of A, B, C, D, and F were awarded to students, with A representing the highest grade. Findings and conclusions of the study were as follows: (1) a total of 18 students had excellent attendance, 32 had good attendance, and 28 had poor attendance; (2) of the students with excellent or good attendance, all received final course grades of at least A, B, or C, and there were no students in these groups receiving grades of D or F; (3) of the 28 students with poor class attendance, 17 received grades of A, B, C, while 11 received grades of D or F; (4) a chi square analysis revealed that there was a statistically significant positive correlation between poor attendance and low grades; and (5) based on study results, it was recommended that the college implement an attendance policy. A literature review and references are included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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