An examination of the general educational development program within the Houston Community College System



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The major thrust of this study was to examine selected variables pertaining to the General Educational Development (GED) testing program within the Houston Community College System (HCCS), Houston, Texas. Specifically, the study was conducted to identify the extent to which these variables appear to relate to successfully passing the GED. Five major research questions were examined. The study involved 495 adults selected from a base population of approximately 2,000 adults. The adults were educational dropouts who were administered the GED, and were grouped according to their degree of involvement (less than 24 clock hours, over 24 clock hours, or not enrolled) with the HCCS/GED training program. The chi-square test, single-factor analysis of variance (ANOVA) technique, and multiple regression analysis were applied to analyze the data. An alpha level of .05 was preestablished as the criterion of statistical significance. [...]