Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

GED students versus traditional high school students: How do the GED graduates perform after the first semester of attendance at a rural community college?
by Akins, Ericka, Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2009, 68; 3386301
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine if freshman students based on their age, ethnicity, and gender who enter a community college with a GED credential will have a higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) after their first semester than traditional high school graduates. Findings from this study will aid individuals in developing a more accurate perception of the academic abilities of GED graduates. The academic performance of GED graduates was compared with traditional high school graduates after their first semester at a rural community college in the Fall 2007 semester. Intact data from the students' academic records were used for this study (n=680). Graduates were compared on gender, race, and age. Data were analyzed with the t-test and a multiple linear regression. There was not a statistically significant difference in the mean GPA between GED graduates and traditional high school graduates. It was also found that there was a statistically significant difference between the ethnic groups, as whites had higher mean GPAs than the nonwhite students. There was not a statistically significant difference between the mean GPAs among the male and female students. The age of the college students had no influence on GPAs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Davis, James Ed
Commitee: Johnson, WC, Mathews, Jerry, Taylor, Walter N.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Instructional Systems, Leadership, and Workforce Development
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-A 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education
Keywords: Academic performance, Academic performance in community college, Community college, GED students, Grade point averages and college, High school students, Rural education, Traditional high school students and GED graduates
Publication Number: 3386301
ISBN: 978-1-109-51640-1
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