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Urban Studies Research
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 638417, 6 pages
Research Article

Grade Point Average Differences between Dual and Nondual Credit College Students

Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling, College of Education, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77340, USA

Received 7 November 2012; Revised 10 January 2013; Accepted 15 January 2013

Academic Editor: James Moore

Copyright © 2013 Robert D. Young Jr. et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We examined the first and final term grade point averages (GPA) for a class of students at a Texas community college to determine how dual enrollment credit influenced GPA. Five statistically significant differences, albeit small effect sizes, were present by gender and by ethnic membership. Dual credit students had higher GPAs than did nondual credit students. Interestingly, dual enrollment did not have a statistically significant influence on GPAs for Asian students or for students after two years at this community college. As such, this study is the first research investigation of which we are aware in which student GPA in the first college semester and at the end of the second year was compared between dual credit and nondual credit students. Implications of our findings and suggestions for future research are provided.