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ERIC Number: EJ774412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1068-610X
Characteristics of Concurrent/Dual Credit Students in the Gulf Coast Community Colleges of Texas
Preston, David L.
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v14 n1 p7-17 Fall 2006
The Gulf Coast Association for Institutional Research (GCAIR) conducted a study of those concurrent/dual credit (CDC) students enrolled fall semester, 2001. The purpose was to determine a profile for this group of students which included gender, ethnicity, GPA, re enrollment, etc. Since there has been little research done on these students, policies are general and assumptions go unquestioned. Within the processes of recruiting, career counseling, and retention strategies, either these students are ignored or lumped in with all enrolled students, which may mask the makeup and unique needs, if any, of these students. Little data are gathered to determine if the policies and processes are apropos for CDC students, or whether policies should be changed and/or new ones introduced. Not having specific information about CDC students could result in missing the opportunity to address their unique needs and implementing policies that could enhance the educational opportunities of a CDC program. This study found that, in general, the percentage of white students enrolled in the CDC program was greater than the percentage of white students in the general student population. The GPAs for white students were higher than the GPAs for minority students. Even though participation in this program was available to all students, in practice, there seemed to be a bias for non-minority students, a phenomenon that seemingly went undetected at the participating colleges. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas