ERIC Number: ED461406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The College Pairs Study: Evaluation of Tech-Prep in New York State.
Brodsky, Stanley M.; Arroyo, Carmen G.
This document is part of a series of reports of a Statewide Evaluation Study of the Tech-Prep Program in New York State. The Pairs Study involved analysis of Tech-Prep vs. non-Tech-Prep student performance using 14 pairs of institutions - one college and its feeder high school. Research utilized high school and college transcripts for 391 students who had enrolled in the college that was paired with the high school from which they graduated. While the Tech-Prep group showed significantly higher cumulative high school averages, the difference was small, indicating that the effects of Tech-Prep were just beginning to materialize and that the sample groups were substantially equal in high school performance. About two-thirds of Tech-prep students were minority, as compared to one-third of non-Tech-Prep students, largely because of the significantly higher proportion of urban students in the former group. Tech-Prep students persisted more than their non-Tech-Prep peers, and the total sample of Tech-Prep students had significantly higher mean first semester grade point averages than the non-Tech-Prep students. Tech-Prep college students were more likely to enroll in career college curricula, and in more demanding curricula, choosing more rigorous "Engineering-Related" and "Health-Related" curricula. Tables 1-10 indicate: (1) high school outcomes; (2) distribution of study samples among Tech-Prep and non-Tech-Prep groups; (3) student demographics, (4) mean grade point average and status of students with various diploma types; and (5) statistical significance of selected variables. (AS)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Research, High Schools, Institutional Evaluation, Learning Strategies, Program Development, Student Characteristics, Tech Prep, Two Year Colleges
Tech-Prep Technical Assistance Center, Center for Advanced Study in Education, City University of New York Graduate School, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Web site: http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/workforce/techprep/tech.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of Higher Education Opportunity Programs.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Center for Advanced Study in Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York