ERIC Number: ED489097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Educational Outcomes of Postsecondary Occupational Students. CCRC Brief Number 22
Bailey, Thomas; Alfonso, Mariana; Scott, Marc; Leinbach, Timothy
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This brief discusses a research study that was conducted to determine the rates of degree completion of community college occupational students compared with other types of postsecondary students, and to identify factors that might explain those differences. Much of the existing literature on college persistence and completion is focused on baccalaureate students and pays little attention to students in community colleges, and even fewer studies consider differences by students' program of study. Therefore, it is important to investigate whether students in occupational programs in community colleges persist in postsecondary education and attain degrees at similar rates as their academic and baccalaureate peers. Associate Occupational students achieve their stated goals less often than their academic counterparts. Moreover, their record is particularly problematic when compared with baccalaureate students. Part of this difference can be explained by differences in student characteristics and expectations, but the gap still remains after controlling for many of those factors. Research, therefore, suggests that postsecondary institutions have yet to determine and implement the optimal approach to providing direct occupational preparation within an institutional structure that continues to rest on a foundation oriented towards academic education. (Contains 1 table)
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Academic Persistence, Educational Objectives, Community Colleges, Postsecondary Education, Vocational Education, Graduation Rate, Associate Degrees, Student Characteristics
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, P.O. Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ccrc.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.