ERIC Number: ED457940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Enrollment and Registration Behaviors as Predictors of Academic Outcomes for Full-Time Students in a Rural Community College.
Summers, Michael David
This study investigated relationships between community college student characteristics, student enrollment and registration behaviors, and academic outcomes. The study examined five student characteristic variables: student age, gender, ethnicity, academic intent, and financial aid eligibility; four enrollment and registration variables: when students initially enroll and how many, what types of, and when changes were made to student course schedules; and three academic outcome variables: GPA, course completion, and attrition. Five research questions were investigated: (1) if relationships between enrollment and registration behaviors and student characteristics exist; (2) if interrelationships among the enrollment and registration behaviors exist; (3) if interrelationships among the academic outcomes exist; (4) whether enrollment and registration behaviors predict student academic outcomes; and (5) whether, while controlling for student characteristics, enrollment and registration behaviors predict student academic outcomes. The results indicate that while controlling for student characteristics, number of course drops and adds, when schedule changes were made, and when a student initially enrolled could predict 34% of variance in fall semester GPA beyond the 6.5% explained by student characteristics, and 44% of variance in semester course completion could be predicted beyond the 8.6% explained by student characteristics. (Contains 43 tables, 2 figures, and 142 references.) (KP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.