ERIC Number: ED377895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Retention and Success Rates by Course Category, Year, and Selected Student Characteristics at Golden West College.
A study was conducted at Golden West College in California using data from the state-report management information system files to analyze course completion and course success data from fall 1991, 1992, and 1993. In addition to identifying trends, the study made comparisons among ethnic groups, between males and females, and between persons for whom English is the primary language and those with another primary language. Study findings show: (1) the overall success rate was 66% in credit/degree-applicable (CDA) courses, 72.4% in credit/non-degree-applicable (CNA) courses; (2) retention rates were 79.8% in CDA courses and 84.8% in CNA courses; (3) Asian students had the highest success rate in CDA courses for each of the fall terms; (4) female students generally had higher success and retention rates than males; and (5) students whose first language was other than English had higher success and retention rates than their native English-speaking counterparts. The college has an obligation to examine reasons for differential rates of success or retention to incorporate them into the Student Equity Plan. It is appropriate to focus on factors such as preparedness, motivation, study skills, and demands on time when discussing demographic variables and educational outcomes. Twelve tables present the data. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Golden West Coll., Huntington Beach, CA.