ERIC Number: ED025253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Study of "Remedial" Students.
To evaluate the effectiveness of the remedial program at Fresno State College, 679 students who scored below the fifteenth percentile on the Cooperative English Test were divided into two groups. Group I contained those enrolled in the remedial program; Group II, those in three or more academic/transfer courses. The groups were compared by GPA for four consecutive semesters, noting the attrition rate, and by seeking a significant difference in the GPA after two years. The validity of the comparison is limited by the fact that some students in the academic courses should probably have been in the remedial program and that the effect of withdrawals (especially of those with low GPAs) was not taken into account. Among the observations were: (1) the dropout rate was about the same over two years; (2) Group I's GPA dropped between the first and fourth semester, Group II's increased; and (3) Group I students did not outperform those in Group II who should have taken, but did not take, the remedial courses. Although the exp"riment did not show that the remedial program improved the students' basic skills, one possible conclusion is that those directed to the remedial program did no better or worse than those in the academic program who should have been so directed. The author emphasizes that this study does not concern students in terminal or vocational programs. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Fresno City Coll., CA.