ERIC Number: ED409935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-14
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of General Education Competencies at Thomas Nelson Community College, 1994-1997.
Quanty, Michael B.; And Others
In 1997, Virginia's Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) undertook a study to determine how well the general education components of its associate degree programs were imparted to associate degree graduates. Four sources of data were used to determine outcomes: follow-up survey results for 1992-93 and 1993-94 graduates, outcomes for graduate candidates in 1994-95 and 1995-96 on the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (College BASE), success rates in junior- and senior-level classes of transfers to Christopher Newport University (CNU), and results of spring 1997 graduates from CNU on a written general education assessment. Study results included the following: (1) graduates from both 1992-93 and 1993-94 reported significant gains in skills, with the greatest gains reported for computer skills and the least for art and music appreciation; (2) College BASE scores for both 1994-95 and 1995-96 graduate candidates, however, were more than 17 points below the national sample average for English, mathematics, and science; (3) although for most disciplines there were no significant differences in class success rates for former TNCC and native CNU students, TNCC transfers were more likely to earn passing grades in business, economics, engineering, and finance; and (4) on CNU graduates' general education assessments, former TNCC students received slightly higher ratings overall than native university students. Seventeen data tables are included. (BCY)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Thomas Nelson Community Coll., Hampton, VA.