The relation of high school academic achievement and curricula and other factors to academic achievement at a community college

Jane Kathryn Harper
This study investigated the relationship of academic achievement and curricula in Grades 11 and 12 in high school, and other factors, to subsequent achievement at a community college. British Columbia high school graduation requirements were changed in September 1972 which resulted in the removal of compulsory province-wide Grade 12 examinations, the introduction of more liberal course selection requirements and the promotion of locally developed curricula. The sample of 643 subjects included
more » ... udents who attended all or part of Grades 11 and 12 at New Westminster secondary schools (NWSS) and subsequently completed course work at Douglas College between September 1970 and July 1977. T-tests, product-moment correlations and multiple regression analyses were the statistical procedures used. The first major hypothesis explored the correlation between high school and college grade point averages (GPA's). This relationship was studied by grouping the data according to college entry age, number of years between high school and college, high school leaving date (pre-or post-September 1972) or completion of high school graduation requirements. The other major hypothesis involved the correlation between high school and college achievement in similar clusters, of courses/ subject areas. Courses were allotted to one of ten clusters—Art, Business, Early Childhood Education, English/Communications, Fashion and Interior Design, Humanities, Industrial Arts, Recreation, Science or Social Science. Changes in college cluster GPA's were investigated according to the number of courses a student had taken in corresponding high school clusters. The variables sex, college entry age and college enrolment status were considered for all hypotheses tested. Women did better than men at college, an advantage that diminished with increased college entry age. Part-time students did not do as well as their full-time counterparts, especially if they were young and/or male. Further study was recommended on part-time college students. There was a [...]
doi:10.14288/1.0055833 fatcat:spautyznvjahphijm7b65wus74