ERIC Number: ED172858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
University Credit for Remedial Work and Upper Division Credit for Lower Division Work: New Kinds of Grade Inflation?
Matley, Ben G.
A study was conducted to determine whether universities award degree credit for remedial courses, and whether certain lower division courses receive upper division credit. Courses under investigation included remedial English (Subject A at Ventura College, California), remedial math (Math X), and traditionally lower division courses in accounting, introductory statistics, COBOL, FORTRAN, and Assembler Language. The catalogs of 13 universities in California, that received 75% of the transfer students from Ventura College, were analyzed in terms of course descriptions and prerequisites. Five of the 13 universities surveyed offered unit credit in remedial English; four awarded credit for Subject A, and three awarded credit in the area of Study Skills, Reading Lab, or Spelling and Vocabulary. Credit for high school or sub-high school math presented the most frequent opportunity for remedial credit: 12 universities offered credit for Algebra II, four for Algebra I, and four for review arithmetic (Math X). At least one traditional lower division data processing course was offered by eight universities for upper division credit--four offered more than one. A freshman could conceivably receive up to 12 units toward a bachelor's degree for remedial work and an entering junior could obtain up to nine upper division units for lower division courses. (DR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Lower Division Courses