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ERIC Number: ED410884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 32
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Credit Hour Loads at College Onset and Subsequent Academic Performance: A Multi-Institutional Pilot Project. AIR 1997 Annual Forum Paper.
Duby, Paul; Schartman, Laura
Two studies, one at Oakland University (Michigan), the other at Northern Michigan University, examined the degree to which first semester course load predicted grade point average (GPA), retention, financial aid debt, and graduation. At Oakland University, analysis of data from 1986 freshman cohort files found that students who enrolled for a full load of 16 credits were much more likely to graduate than students who registered for 12 credits. At Northern Michigan University, the New Student Orientation survey was administered to freshmen in 1985-1987 and again in 1995 and 1996. This study identified three trends: (1) that entering freshmen who took low course loads initially almost invariably took longer than 4 years to graduate; (2) that freshmen who took higher course loads tended to have higher GPAs; and (3) that low course loads and delayed graduation appeared related to rapidly increasing student debt loads. Other analyses at both institutions indicated significant decreases in the last decade in the percent of freshmen enrolling for a 16-credit course load. At Oakland in 1985, 44 percent of freshmen had enrolled for a 16-credit course load; by 1995 the figure had dropped to 14 percent. The survey instrument used in the Northern Michigan University study is attached. (Contains 14 references.) (BF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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