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ERIC Number: ED346891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 118
Abstractor: N/A
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Student Persistence Rates.
Agosto, David; And Others
In 1992, a study was undertaken to measure student persistence at Los Angeles City College (LACC) over a 3-year period. A total of 462 new, entering students were selected from a larger, random sample of 1,250 full- and part-time students who had enrolled in credit courses in spring 1989. Descriptive items, such as student characteristics and enrollment trends, were analyzed. Highlighted findings included the following: (1) no students had achieved a certificate of completion or degree within the 3-year span from spring 1989 through the end of fall 1991; (2) two females had completed an Associate in Arts in liberal arts by February 1992; (3) the mean number of females completing units was 26.78, while the mean number of males was 18.78; (4) there was no significant correlation between ethnicity and rate of attrition; (5) almost half of those initially enrolled (n=205) had registered, but failed to appear in the first semester of enrollment; (6) almost all students had received no matriculation services beyond admissions and orientation; (7) probation figures did not reflect the actual large number of students enrolling each semester who completed zero units of credit; and (8) 29 of the original 462 students were still enrolled in spring 1992. Appendixes include a key to the study's code book variables; bar graphs presenting data on citizenship status, and units completed by department; an LACC application for admission; a summary of study findings and recommendations; and study data aggregated by student characteristics, such as major by age group, ethnicity, day/evening status, probation status, cumulative units completed, enrollment by semester by units completed, and semester units completed by gender. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.