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ERIC Number: ED398945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 23
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Factors Which Influence Community College Graduation.
Gerardi, Steven
This report explores factors influencing the persistence and graduation of students at New York City Technical College. Part 1 presents an overview of an 8-semester study conducted of 307 freshmen from September 1989 through June 1994, while part 2 describes the research procedure utilized, indicating that the following types of data were collected: students' social background; educational background; scores on City University of New York (CUNY) standardized assessment examinations; measures of college performance, such as grade point average; and self-concept of ability. Part 3 examines the characteristics of the sample, indicating that in general they were of low socioeconomic status, had insufficient preparation in basic skills, and planned to earn an associate degree. Part 4 provides a descriptive analysis of factors found to contribute to graduation, citing significant positive correlations between graduation and parents' educational background, family income, completion of college preparatory classes in high school, assessment scores, high school mathematics averages, and high self-concept of ability. Part 5 discusses a regression analysis performed using parents' education, family income, educational background, reasons for entering college, degree aspirations, and self-concept of ability as independent variables, suggesting that a combined family income of $20,000 or more, father's college education, higher reading assessment examination scores, and a higher rating in the self-concept of ability scale were predictors of graduation. Tables and graphs are included. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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