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ERIC Number: EJ857815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
Secondary School Course Grades and Success in College
Willford, A. Michael
College and University, v85 n1 p22-33 Sum 2009
College and university admissions offices publish the numbers of "college preparatory" courses they recommend. However, they typically fail to publish how well students should perform in high school courses in order to succeed in college. This study assess the relationship between high school course performance and college performance. A strong relationship was found between poor performance in high school courses and lesser success in college (as measured by first-term college GPA and first-year retention). The common admissions recommendation that students take 16 courses of college-preparatory coursework is perhaps necessary but not sufficient for helping students succeed and helping institutions achieve high success rates. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A