ERIC Number: ED366395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Indicators of Success for University Transfer of Miami-Dade Community College Graduates in Business/Management, Computer Science, and Engineering. Research Report No. 93-03R.
While most associate in arts (AA) graduates who transfer to the Florida State University System (SUS) achieve satisfactory grade point averages, some do not. For Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) graduates, over 22% of the students in some disciplines have achieved grade point averages (GPA's) under 2.0. For the disciplines of Business/Management, Computer Sciences, and Engineering, which make up over 40% of M-DCC's annual graduations, the failure rate of transfers averaged 15% for the past several years. A study was conducted of 564 AA graduates who were attending 1 of 5 SUS campuses in fall 1988 and who were studying Business/Management, Computer Sciences, or Engineering. The study found that: (1) university GPA was best predicted by a combination of five variables (i.e., M-DCC GPA, College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) math scores, SUS credits earned, critical M-DCC major course credits earned, and the quality points of these major credits); (2) the variability of the cumulative university GPA was explained to the greatest extent by M-DCC GPA, and to a lesser extent by CLAST math score; (3) 83% of the failures at the university had overall M-DCC GPA's of less than 3.0; (4) 81% of those with high (3.5+) university GPA's also had high M-DCC GPA's; (5) 63% of the A.A. graduates kept the same major in the upper division; and (6) based on their course-taking behavior, students could be categorized as high requisite, high prerequisite, sampler, or marginal types, with only the first group performing well in the SUS. (AC)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Business Education, College Credits, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Computer Science, Engineering Education, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Mathematics Tests, Predictor Variables, State Universities, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.