Finally, the analyst notes that, despite numerous conversations with all those involved, there may be errors in the report, due to misinterpretation of definitions, assumptions or conventions. As such, the data analyst bears some responsibility and will issue addenda, if necessary, to address such possible issues.
The following are the definitions of terms used to describe various aspects of the study. Statistical terms are listed in the Statistical Appendix (§6.2).
ABE/College-Prep: This project encompasses Adult Education from basic literacy through to academic college preparation courses.
Cohort: Students enrolled for the first time in ABE College Prep at their selected public college/ institution and followed up subsequently. To be part of the cohort the student had to fill in a Point of Entry survey
Survey: Systematic collection of information at a specific point in time, from either the whole population or a sample thereof.
Continuer: This term is an artifact of the student still being In the program when the Midpoint survey was carried out, and is a carryover from the A and B projects. The use of this term has been kept to a minimum.
Leaver: Also an artifact of the A and B projects used to define students no longer enrolled in ABE at the Midpoint.
Time stayed (0-3, 4-6 months, 7-13+ months): The length of time a student stayed in the program (as recorded in the Midpoint or Follow-up surveys) has been reported in three time spans (0-3, 4-6 and 7-13+ months, where the 13+ allows for those students still attending ABE / College Prep at the end of the survey period. For simplicity these may also be referred to as stay groups.
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