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ERIC Number: ED474944
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Pages: 24
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So How Long Have You Been Here? Using Retrospective Transcript Data To Examine Time to Completion at a Community College.
Floyd, Nancy D.
This study aims to quantify progress to the Associate degree. Transcripts of approximately half a class of degree recipients at a large multi-campus urban community college were analyzed to determine total time to degree, both in years elapsed since the first semester of enrollment and in resident semesters completed. A total of 1,581 transcripts from the 1997-98 class of graduates of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) were analyzed. Of the 731 Associate degrees awarded in 1997-98, 313 recipients who reflected the makeup of the entire group were selected for the sample. The transcripts of these graduates were evaluated for a number of items, including the number of times they changed academic major, whether the student brought in any transferred hours and from what institution, and whether the student was in developmental studies. The guiding purpose of the study was to assess any student characteristics that might be associated with completion of an Associate degree within three years (the 150% rule). This class took an average of 5.9 years since first enrollment at CCC and 6.7 years from first entrance into higher education to complete an Associate degree. There were 60 graduates from the sample who took at least 20 years to complete their degrees. More than 62% of students did not meet the 3-year standard. Contains 22 references. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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