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ERIC Number: ED477196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 26
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Course-Shopping in the Urban Community Colleges: An Analysis of Student Drop and Add Activities.
Hagedorn, Linda Serra; Maxwell, William B.; Cypers, Scott; Moon, Hye Sun; Lester, Jaime
This study examines the course shopping behaviors of approximately 5,000 community college students enrolled across the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District in spring 2001. The sample students are representative of the district. For the purpose of this analysis, the authors define course shopping as: (1) cyclic shopping, the pattern of dropping a course and adding another in its place; and (2) bulk shopping, the process of adding courses up front with the expectation of dropping some later. The research questions driving the analyses were: (1) What kinds of course shopping behaviors do students perform? (2) How prevalent is the activity? (3) Are there discernible demographic patterns of students who course shop? (4) Does course shopping differ by discipline or type of course? (5) Do students who course shop have significantly different GPAs or course completion ratios than student who do not practice this behavior? The findings indicate that the no shopping comparison group had a GPA of 2.56, while the bulk shoppers had a GPA of 2.46, true cyclic shoppers had a GPA of 2.46, and mixed bag shoppers had a GPA of 2.13. The authors argue that, due to budget cuts in the community college, it may be suitable to take actions to curtail unnecessary course shopping. (Contains 5 tables and 28 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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