Registration Behavior of Community College Applicants vs. their Assessment Results

Maria Vasilieva
Research Project Manager
Planning and institutional Research
Pima County Community College District
Pima Community College is studying the registration behavior of students, to elaborate the best placement and enrollment policies. This visual display has been done as a response to the concern that older population of applicants would be discouraged from registering to classes if pre-tested below the 7th grade level in mathematics, reading and writing.
As we can see from this display, a student placed to the elementary school level of the developmental education will less probably register for classes than one placed to the high end of developmental education.  Furthermore, the findings suggest that  after 25 years old, the older the student is, the more likely he/she will register for class, if his/her assessment level is low. And, in contrary, the older student is, the more he/she will be discouraged to register for the upper classes of the developmental education. In other words, the remediation does not discourage the older students who have to remediate a lot, but discourages the older students who are already closer to college-level.
However, even if the difference of the percentage of students registered for the low and upper end of the developmental education decrease with age, the behavior trend remains the similar with age The polynomial approximation curves of registration indicate that they both have the maximums and minimums about the same age, and tend to close the gap by the age of 50. This trend, however, is not seen with those students who have assessed as ready for college-level classes. The percentage of registered (from assessed) college-ready students remains consistent until the 50 and older age group.



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