ERIC Number: ED377893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Does the Key Fit the Lock? A Review of Research on GED Recipients in Community Colleges.
Kroll, Bonnie S.
This paper reviews research published in the last 20 years which evaluates the performance of general education development (GED) certified students at public two-year community colleges. First, information is provided on the role and enrollment conditions of today's community colleges in America, focusing on the growth of community college, diversity of student needs, degree completion, students' uses of community colleges, and measures of success in community colleges. The first set of studies reviewed compared GED and high school diploma (HSD) students who graduated from a community college, and GED and HSD students who were academically successful. Indications were that among graduates academic achievement was not affected by status of high school completion; and that among academically successful students, traditional HSD students needed reinforcement skills at the same level as GED recipients; that GED and HSD students succeeded equally well; and that GED recipients were highly successful and high achievers. The next group of studies compared GED and HSD students among new enrollees. The studies' major conclusions were: (1) there were not significant differences in persistence rates; (2) GED students did not achieve the same degree of academic success as HSD students; (3) GED students were more likely to be older and female, with no significant differences in the academic performance of the two groups; (4) the GED is a valid and reliable student entrance certificate; and (5) full-time GED student had lower grade point averages and complete fewer credits, though there were no differences among part-time GED and HSD students. The final set of studies compared GED students with all other enrollees. Three studies revealing no significant differences. One study showed higher achievement for HSD students, and one study showed higher achievement for GED students. Contains 40 references and 7 tables. (KP)
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