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ERIC Number: EJ882000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1066-8926
Graduation Rates of Students in Technical Programs at an Urban Community College
Gantt, Aubra J.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v34 n3 p227-239 2010
With an increasingly technological and competitive world economy, more jobs require employees to have achieved the advanced skills and knowledge gained only through postsecondary education. The data regarding the supply and demand between the workforce and higher education present a challenge for community college technical programs. These are the programs charged with training the new workforce. An effort to increase the persistence and three-year graduation rate for technical students is one initiative to prepare students for the workforce. Therefore, this study identified factors associated with the three-year graduation rates of students enrolled in technical programs at a major community college in Texas. A quantitative survey was implemented among 191 technical students. The results of the study showed that females who had established a degree plan and declared a major during the first two semesters at the college graduated in three years. The graduation rates for males in the study were lower than for females. Also, technical students who were 18 to 35 years old were more likely to graduate. Students who did not complete a degree plan in the first two semesters did not graduate in the three-year time frame. Students were more likely to graduate if they had declared a major and established a degree plan. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas