Running Start generates strong feelings and contradictory hypotheses. Here are some data that bear on the relative academic virtues of Running Start students at EvCC. These tables show the proportions of students who received a grade lower than a C. Students in the ORCA program have been excluded.
The first table shows that Running Start students have consistently passed English 101 at higher rates than other students and that the difference between Running Start and regular students has narrowed as a result of improved pass rates by regular students. The second table shows that the failure rate in Math is generally higher for all students, but as in English, Running Start students consistently outperform other students. The math time series is shorter because Math 141 was not offered prior to 2008.
The following two tables show the data broken down into quarters and also provide sample sizes. If you click on the tables you will see a larger versions. One interesting feature of these data is that in the past few years the Running Start advantage in English appears to be restricted to fall quarter.
I hope these data will generate conversation. What do you think these data tell us about Running Start? How else could we look at the data? How might similar data look for other courses?