ERIC Number: ED415938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
First-Time Students Entering a Two-Year Public College with a GED. Fall 1991 to Fall 1996.
Gainesville College (GC) in Georgia conducted a study to determine how many traditional-aged students enter the school with General Education Development (GED) certificates and how well they progress academically. Students monitored were those who received their GED at 21 years of age or younger and entered GC within 4 years of receiving the certificate. Two hundred and seventy-six students who enrolled between fall 1991 and fall 1996 were monitored by transcript analysis to the end of fall 1997. The study group was overwhelmingly white with slightly more Asians than blacks and Hispanics. The percentage of females in the study group was only slightly higher than males at 53%. Only 15% of the students did not require any developmental studies courses, whereas 85% required between 1 and 3. Moreover, in the fall of 1997, more GED students were placed in developmental reading, English, and math courses than other first-time students. Results of the study showed a GED-student completion ratio of 90% for academic credit courses, slightly lower than that of non-GED first-time students. Similarly, GC grade point averages were slightly lower for students in the GED study group than the average college GPA. (Contains 7 pages of data tables.) (YKH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Records, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Certificates, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, High School Equivalency Programs, Nontraditional Students, Remedial Instruction, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gainesville Coll., GA. Office of Planning and Institutional Research.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests