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ERIC Number: ED542145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Tracking Student Progression through the Core Curriculum. CCRC Analytics
Hodara, Michelle; Rodriguez, Olga
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This report demonstrates useful methods for examining student progression through the core curriculum. The authors carry out analyses at two colleges in two different states, illustrating students' overall progression through the core curriculum and the relationship of this "core" progression to their college outcomes. By means of this analysis, the authors are able to identify core curriculum subject areas in which students do well and those in which they struggle, shedding light on courses and subject areas college administrators and faculty may want to target in order to improve outcomes for their students. Their analyses use data from two states with different transfer policies. In one state (State A), legislation requires all public two-year and four-year colleges to offer a 42-credit general education core curriculum. The state mandates that all core curriculum courses completed at one public college are transferable to another public college. However, the state does not have an articulation agreement that guarantees junior standing for transfer students who have completed the core and attained an associate degree. So while students' core credits will transfer, other courses completed at the community college are not guaranteed to transfer. In the second state (State B), public two- and four-year colleges are required to have a 36-credit core curriculum. In addition, statewide articulation agreements guarantee junior standing at four-year public universities for transfer students who have completed the core and attained an associate degree. (Contains 8 figures and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center