ERIC Number: ED413018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental Course-Taking and Subsequent Academic Performance at Pima Community College.
McGregor, Ellen N.; Attinasi, Louis C., Jr.
A study was undertaken at Arizona's Pima Community College (PCC) to determine the extent to which entering students took writing, reading, and mathematics placement tests and followed placement recommendations, as well as the relationship between the completion of recommended courses and subsequent academic performance. The study sample consisted of 1,824 full-time students entering PCC in fall 1988 who were American citizens or resident aliens and who were enrolling in higher education for the first time, with outcomes being tracked through spring 1992. Study findings included the following: (1) 55% (n=997) of the students took all three subject area placement tests prior to the third hour of instruction, per PCC policy; (2) 91% of those who took the mathematics test, 86% of those taking the writing test, and 65% of those taking the reading test received recommendations for developmental coursework in the respective subjects; (3) these recommendations were followed by 72% of those taking the writing test, 71% of those taking the mathematics test, and 54% of those taking the reading test; and (4) students who took and completed recommended courses performed better than those who did not or who did not complete their courses successfully in terms of first semester and cumulative grade point average and ratio of completed to attempted courses. A description of the data elements collected on the sample is appended. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pima Community Coll., Tucson, AZ. Office of Institutional Research.