An Analysis of Community College Career and Technical Education Course and Completion Rate

An Analysis of Community College Career and Technical Education Course and Completion Rate

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Because of low college completion rates, the focus in higher education has shifted from encouraging students to enroll in college to getting students to complete college. In essence, the paradigm has shifted from student access to student success or completion. In addition to a national agenda focusing on higher education with an emphasis on degree or certificate completion, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) recently published its recommendations outlining reforms purposely aimed at increasing the number of certificates and degrees awarded from Texas colleges and universities. According to the latest Closing the Gaps Progress Report (2010), only 29.4% of first-time college, full-time students earned a degree or certificate within six years for the cohort completing six years in fiscal year 2008. The study tested three null hypotheses; alpha for the study was .05. The partial correlation for Group 1 was r(269) = .231, p.000. The results show a relationship between the average number of courses offered and the average graduation rate when students must select from the fewest number of course choices and average college enrollment and average enrollment with each career cluster are controlled. The conclusion drawn from the analysis of the data is to reject the null hypothesis. The partial correlation for Group 2 was r(264) = .151, p.05. The results suggest there is not a relationship between the average number courses offered and the average graduation rate when students must select from the fewest number of course choices and average college enrollment, and average enrollment with each career cluster are controlled. The conclusion drawn from the analysis of the data is not to reject the null hypothesis. The partial correlation for Group 3 was r(269) = .255, pBecause of low college completion rates, the focus in higher education has shifted from encouraging students to enroll in college to getting students to complete college.


Title:An Analysis of Community College Career and Technical Education Course and Completion Rate
Author: Garry Douglas Tomerlin
Publisher: - 2012
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