ERIC Number: ED341348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Enrollment, Persistence and Graduation of Undergraduates Admitted to UC Davis by Special Action: 1975-1989. Research Synopsis: Student Affairs Research and Information No. 40.
Hunziker, Celeste M.
A study was done to determine enrollment, persistence and graduation patterns of domestic special action students at the University of California Davis. Special action students are the small portion who are admitted despite not meeting undergraduate eligibility requirements (specific course work, grade point average and standardized test scores) but who show potential for academic success. This population of students is not homogeneous and not all are substantially under prepared as some may be technically ineligible because they lack one or two required courses. The data for the study came from a longitudinal database of undergraduates derived from the university student record system. The data show that Whites make up the largest single group of special action students (36 percent) followed by Blacks (24 percent). On academic persistence, these students' fourth quarter persistence rates have increased over the last 15 years from 70 percent in the mid-1970s to 80 percent more recently. Graduation rates differed by ethnic group with Asian and White students having the highest graduation rates followed by Latinos, Chicanos, and Blacks. Although special action graduation rates have increased overall, they continue to be about 25 to 30 percentage points below those of regularly admitted students. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Admission Criteria, Asian Americans, Black Students, College Preparation, College Students, Graduation, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Longitudinal Studies, School Holding Power, Socioeconomic Background, State Universities, Student Attrition, Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis. Office of Student Affairs Research and Information.