A comparison of postsecondary academic success of traditional high school graduates and GED graduates enrolled in vocational and technical programs at selected North Carolina community colleges

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Johnny Bruce Shepherd (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Bert Goldman

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to compare the postsecondary academic success of students who graduated from traditional four-year high schools and GED graduates. The study focused on students enrolled at a representative sample of twelve of North Carolina's fifty-eight community colleges. The twelve colleges were selected on the basis of their enrollment and their geographic location within the state. Data were collected on 3,429 students who were enrolled in technical and vocational programs for the first time during the 1987 Fall Quarter. The data collected on each student included major, cumulative grade point average, sex, age, and method by which they earned their high school diploma. Four research questions were developed to compare the academic success of the students. The student data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and analysis of variance. A four-way ANOVA with a .05 level of significance was utilized to determine whether there were significant differences among the grade point averages of the targeted groups of students.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
High school graduates $z North Carolina
Community college students $z North Carolina
GED tests

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