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ERIC Number: ED366395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
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Indicators of Success for University Transfer of Miami-Dade Community College Graduates in Business/Management, Computer Science, and Engineering. Research Report No. 93-03R.
Baldwin, Anne
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.