ERIC Number: EJ1042679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Adult Learner Graduation Rates at Four U.S. Community Colleges by Prior Learning Assessment Status and Method
Hayward, Milan S.; Williams, Mitchell R.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v39 n1 p44-54 2015
The completion agenda demands higher community college graduation rates among adult learners, and prior learning assessment (PLA) is a promising solution. PLA permits students to earn credit for college-level learning acquired outside of higher education and is associated with improved student outcomes. However, little is known regarding community college graduation rates among adult learners by prior learning assessment status and method. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to examine adult learner graduation rates by PLA status and method at four U.S. community colleges. Results from this foundational study confirmed a remarkable difference in graduation rates between adult PLA learners and adult non-PLA learners, uncovered striking differences in the graduation rates of adult PLA learners by PLA method, and identified a relationship between PLA method and graduation. Findings provide community college stakeholders with new insight into adult PLA learners in the community college and a basis for future research leading to higher graduation rates among adult learners.
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Community Colleges, Prior Learning, Adult Students, College Credits, Educational Assessment, Correlation, Two Year College Students, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Significance, Predictor Variables, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Ethnicity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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