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ERIC Number: ED365381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 18
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Open-Admissions: What Has Changed in Two Decades at the Associate Degree Institutions of the City University of New York (CUNY)?
Gerardi, Steven John
In 1970, the City University of New York (CUNY) adopted an open-admissions policy, under which any student with a high school degree has the right of access to CUNY community colleges. Subsequently, CUNY was faced with large numbers of students in need of basic skills instruction. By the end of the 1970's, the Freshman Skills Assessment Program (FSAP) was established university-wide to assess competencies in writing, mathematics, and reading. A study was conducted to compare the current freshman cohort with the first open-admissions cohort to determine whether there had been a significant decline in the educational outcomes of the student body at the community college level since the institution of the open-access policy. Two cohorts of students attending New York City Technical College were compared in terms of demographic measures, educational background, FSAP scores, and measures of college performance. The study revealed that over the 20-year period there has been a consistency in academic performance outcomes and educational background. Specific study findings included the following: (1) members of the first open-admissions cohort (the 1980 cohort) finished their first year of college with a 1.91 grade point average (GPA) and 16 earned credits, compared to the 1989 sample which earned a mean GPA of 1.88 and averaged 12 earned credits; (2) that portion of the 1980 freshman cohort that would have been admitted under previous admissions criteria (the "regular" cohort) finished their first year of study with a 2.49 GPA and 25 earned credits; (3) 25% of the 1980 cohort, 24% of the 1989 cohort, and 22% of the "regular" cohort did not return for the second year; (4) 74% of the 1980 cohort, 75% of the "regular" cohort, and 91% of the 1989 cohort reported that they were the first in their family to attend college; (5) 80% of the 1989 cohort, 43% of the 1980 cohort, and 40% of the "regular" cohort were either working or anticipated the need to work during the school year. (ECC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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