PAR Framework, Inc., has released results of a comparative study between the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and the University of Hawaii System that validates community college completion metrics as predictors of future success when transferring into a 4-year program.

This study replicated research conducted over several years by UMUC that had considered factors and behaviors among community college students to identify variables predicting academic success at the students’ 4-year transfer institution. The ability to apply results from one research study based on a local sample to a larger, national population has traditionally been compromised by limited generalizability. Thanks to the PAR Framework Common Data Definitions and massive student outcomes level dataset, PAR can serve as vehicle for validating the results of research conducted at one institution with results achieved using a single institution, multiple institutions or a national dataset.

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