ERIC Number: ED353030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
San Jose City College: Persistence of New College Students from Arithmetic, Algebra, and Int Algebra through Transfer Level Math, Fall 1988-Spring 1992. Research Reports #260, #295, and #297.
A series of studies were conducted at San Jose City College (SJCC) in San Jose, California, to evaluate the persistence of three groups of new mathematics students entering Arithmetic, Algebra, and Intermediate Algebra courses in the fall of 1988. In particular, the studies examined students' persistence from the initial mathematics course, Arithmetic, through Transfer Level Math (TLM), covering the four academic years from fall 1988 through spring 1992. In fall 1988, a total of 250 new students were enrolled in Arithmetic, 135 in Algebra, and 55 in Intermediate Algebra. Findings from the studies include the following: (1) for students entering Arithmetic, 3% progressed through TLM between fall 1988 and spring 1992, 16% completed Algebra, and 6% persisted through Intermediate Algebra; (2) Asian students were the only ethnic group in Arithmetic with more than 5% persisting through TLM; (3) among Algebra students, 11% progressed through TLM between fall 1988 and spring 1992, while 31% successfully completed Intermediate Algebra; (4) among Algebra students, Blacks had the highest rates of persistence through TLM, while only 8% of female students persisted through TLM; (5) among Intermediate Algebra students, 35% persisted through TLM between fall 1988 and spring 1992, while 58% successfully completed Intermediate Algebra; (6) among the 9 white students in Intermediate Algebra in 1988, none persisted through TLM within four academic years; and (7) for the three groups, the studies indicated that the college is not meeting its goals in terms of transferring more underprepared students and protected ethnic groups. Detailed data tables are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: San Jose/Evergreen Community Coll. District, San Jose, CA.