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ERIC Number: ED012613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Oct-5
Pages: 18
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Reference Count: 0
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EVALUATION OF THE THRESHOLD PROGRAM AT LOS ANGELES VALLEY COLLEGE. SECOND REPORT.
MACHETANZ, FREDERICK A.
DURING A THREE-SEMESTER PERIOD, STUDENTS WITH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ABILITY TEST (SCAT) SCORES BELOW THE 17TH PERCENTITLE WERE ENROLLED ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS IN SPECIAL CLASSES IN ENGLISH, SPEECH, AND PSYCHOLOGY, PLUS ONE ELECTIVE. CONTROL GROUPS FOR COMPARISON WERE SELECTED RANDOMLY FROM OTHER STUDENTS IN THE SAME SCAT GROUP. MORALE IN THESE "THRESHOLD" CLASSES HAS BEEN REPORTED AS EXCELLENT, THOUGH SOME STUDENTS HAVE SHOWN PATTERNS OF EXCESSIVE ABSENCE. STANDARDIZED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS DO NOT SHOW SIGNIFICANT GAINS, BUT THE AUTHOR NOTES THAT THESE DO NOT VALIDLY MEASURE ACHIEVEMENT OF COURSE OBJECTIVES INVOLVED. BY THE BEGINNING OF THE FOURTH SEMESTER AFTER ENTRANCE, 11.7 PERCENT OF THE "THRESHOLD" GROUP AND 6.5 PERCENT OF THE CONTROL GROUP WERE STILL IN SCHOOL. RELATIVELY FEW OF THE STUDY OR CONTROL ACHIEVED A 2.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE. STUDENT SATISFACTION WITH THE PROGRAM SEEMS GENERALLY HIGH. MOST WHO COMPLETED THE SEMESTER DID NOT CHANGE THEIR OBJECTIVES, AND IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THOSE WHO DROPPED FROM THE PROGRAM MAY HAVE REEVALUATED THEIR GOALS IN A REALISTIC MANER. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT, SINCE ONLY A FEW OF THESE STUDENTS REMAIN IN SCHOOL THREE OR MORE SEMESTERS, THE COLLEGE MUST RECOGNIZE AND SERVE THEIR EDUCATIONAL NEEDS WHILE THEY ARE IN SCHOOL. (WO)
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Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Valley Coll., Van Nuys, CA.
Identifiers: California (Van Nuys); School and College Ability Tests