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ERIC Number: ED560759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Noncredit Education in Community College: Students, Course Enrollments, and Academic Outcomes. CCRC Working Paper No. 84
Xu, Di; Ran, Xiaotao
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
The past two decades have seen a noticeable increase in noncredit instructional offerings in postsecondary education. While noncredit programs have been advocated as a promising way to address educational equity, knowledge about the noncredit sector, such as the types of students enrolled in noncredit courses and their academic outcomes, is sparse. Drawing upon a rich dataset that includes transcript and demographic information on both for-credit and noncredit students in nine community colleges in one state, this study explores the demographic and academic profiles of students enrolled in various fields of noncredit education, their academic outcomes and progress, and potential factors that influence noncredit course completion and transition to the for-credit sector.
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Association for Institutional Research
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center