Examines the effects of participation in developmental education to predict entry and preparation for Oregon public high school graduates who enrolled in an Oregon community college.

“Nationwide, about two-thirds of community college students are considered academically underprepared for postsecondary coursework and must enroll in at least one developmental education (that is, non-credit-bearing prerequisite) course in math, reading, or writing….

This study addresses three research questions:

  • What are the rates of participation in developmental education among high school graduates who enrolled in an Oregon community college within six years after high school graduation?
  • What are the course progression, persistence, and degree attainment outcomes of recent high school graduates who enrolled in an Oregon community college by course starting level?
  • What demographic characteristics, high school academic experiences, and institutional factors predict participation in developmental education among high school graduates who enrolled in developmental education among high school graduates who enrolled in an Oregon community college within six years after high school graduation? 

Using student-level administrative data from the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon community colleges, and National Student Clearinghouse, this study examines the rates of participation in developmental education among four groups of Oregon public high school graduates who enrolled in an Oregon community college within six years after high school graduation: 

  • Recent high school graduates. …
  • Graduates who attended four-year college first. …
  • Graduates who attended another two-year college first. …
  • Graduates who delayed entry with no prior college experience. …

This study also examined the postsecondary outcomes of recent high school graduates who enrolled in community college and how high school experiences predicted participation in developmental education at community college among all four groups” (p. i).

 

“This study is intended to inform decisions on how to improve the transition from high school to college for recent high graduates who attend community college.” (p.1)

(Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: What Predicts Participation in Developmental Education Among Recent High School Graduates at Community College? Lessons from Oregon