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A guide to using postsecondary transcript data and an overview of course taking in less-than-four-year postsecondary institutions

Citation

Choy, S., & Horn, L. (1992). A guide to using postsecondary transcript data and an overview of course taking in less-than-four-year postsecondary institutions. Berkeley, CA: National Center for Research in Vocational Education.

Abstract

This report presents results of an examination of the 1980 seniors' and sophomores' transcript data collected in 1984 by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as part of the High School and Beyond (HS&B) study. An introduction describes the purposes of this study of course-taking patterns in less-than-four-year institutions, which included creation of transcript analysis files available on data tapes. Part 1 provides the potential user of the transcript data with general information on the postsecondary transcript studies, structure of the transcript data files, analysis files, and postsecondary course taxonomy that was developed as a framework for describing postsecondary curricula and classifying course data from the HS&B transcript surveys. Part 2 describes course-taking patterns in less-than-four-year postsecondary institutions and shows researchers how standardized transcript data can be used to analyze course taking. Part 2 includes the following: attendance at less-than-four-year institutions; an overview of course taking at four types of institutions; and a more detailed discussion of course-taking patterns in public two-year institutions. Nine tables and 16 figures are provided. Appendixes include the following: a description of the data organization in the HS&B transcript studies; description of adjustments to the transcript files; credit adjustment factors for institutions requiring special treatment; course and taxonomy codes for each taxonomy category; and supplementary tables. (YLB)