ERIC Number: ED401971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Matriculation Research Report: Course Repetition Data & Analysis.
Due to concerns that its policy on class repetition was not promoting student success, California's College of the Canyons (CoC) undertook a project to analyze student course-taking patterns and make recommendations to modify the policy. Existing college policy did not follow Section 58161 of the State Educational Code that allows colleges to claim students only twice (i.e., the first time in the class and one repeat) for state apportionment. Data on CoC students who repeated classes in spring 1995 indicated that 90% of a random sample needed only one repetition to remove an unsatisfactory grade and that the average number of repetitions was 1.2. Therefore, revising the college policy to limit the number of repetitions to two should be sufficient to allow for student success. In addition, the following should be considered: (1) a petition process for course repetition should be developed in conjunction with the Academic Senate; (2) a grace period should be established before any change to adequately notify students; and (3) if a limitation is imposed, it should be done through a computer block at the point of registration. Appendixes provide the college's repetition policy, Section 58161 of the State Code, sample repetition policies from eight area colleges, a position paper on changing the college's repetition policy, minutes and memorandums from related meetings, and sample transcripts for repeating students. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA. Office of Institutional Development.