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Tool 3 Persistence and Success for C Students

Tool 3 Persistence and Success for C Students (This tool will only work on a campus computer with a valid login.)

Description:

This tool identifies a group of students who passed a target course with a grade of C in a particular semester (the cohort) during a user-specified time frame. The data provided for the cohort include:

  • The number of successful students from the initial course who then take the second course broken down by:
    • The semester during which they take the second course
    • The success rate of those who take the second course during that semester
    • Duplicated and unduplicated headcount
    • Repetition data for the second course
  • Ethnicity
  • Age Count
  • Gender Count
  • Certificate and/or degree completion

 

Reasons for using the Persistence and Success for C Students Tool:

  • To examine sequence pathways: For instance, at Hartnell College our Biology degree program has three biology courses that are required for the major that are not sequential. This tool could be used to examine data to see if there is a sequence of taking these courses that shows that students are more successful as they move on compared to other sequences.

 

  • Order for taking courses: For instance, do students have a higher rate of persisting and succeeding if they take a chemistry and physics before advancing to the required major biology courses for the Biology degree.
  • Examining data to determine need for prerequisites: Many courses require that a research paper be completed as an assignment, but the course itself does not have any prerequisite in place for having obtained these skills.  This tool could be used to gather data to see if students who have taken a course that covers the research process such as English 1A succeed better in a subsequent course that requires a research paper such as in a history class or psychology class.