ERIC Number: ED042438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Persistence of Developmental Students.
Snyder, Fred A.; Blocker, Clyde E.
Students entering Harrisburg Area Community College (H.A.C.C.), Pennsylvania, who are identified as being inadequately prepared for regular coursework are assigned to appropriate developmental courses, to prepare them for subsequent entry into the regular career or transfer curricula. A recent analysis of the program outlines such factors as student backgrounds, characteristics, academic performance, and their interrelationships. The sample includes 67 per cent of the developmental students (456) who entered H.A.C.C. from 1965 through 1968. Of this sample, over 80 per cent were men, 70 per cent were 18 or younger at time of enrollment, and 60 per cent had completed an academic or college-preparatory program in high school. Most of the developmental students graduated in the bottom two-fifths of their class, and American College Testing Program (ACT) scores for about 70 per cent of these students were lower than the average for all H.A.C.C. students. Between 33 and 40 per cent of the developmental students did not return for additional work at the end of their first year. On the other hand, one-third of the former developmental students who enrolled in transfer programs in 1966 and 1967 earned degrees, though a considerably lower portion earned career program degrees. The graduation rate was moderately lower, then, for developmental students than for all H.A.C.C. graduates. Based on the information collected, areas for improvement have been identified. (JO)
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Authoring Institution: Harrisburg Area Community Coll., PA.