ERIC Number: ED175514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Assessment of Developmental/Remedial Education at Maryland Community Colleges.
Linthicum, Dorothy S.
A study was conducted to determine the scope and characteristics of developmental/remedial activities in Maryland's 17 community colleges in terms of objectives and goals, courses and activities, student information, costs and revenues, and administration and organization. The study revealed: (1) 15 colleges offered developmental education for credit in English and mathematics; (2) 15 colleges offered courses in reading and/or study skills, and provided tutoring, counseling, and self-paced instruction; (3) total enrollment in remedial courses in fiscal year (FY) 1978 was more than 42,000--30,000 in credit courses and 12,000 in continuing education courses; (4) direct costs for FY 1978 totaled about $3.4 million (direct remedial instructional cost for each remedial full-time equivalent (FTE) student statewide was $931); and (5) developmental programs tended to be decentralized, with most programs conducted within academic departments. Another aspect of the study involved measuring a sample of students enrolled in developmental English courses at eight colleges against the success of a sample of students enrolled in English 101. Developmental students tended to complete fewer college-level English courses and make lower grades than the control group. The study report considers the implications of the findings in terms of placement, open admissions, professional development, organizational structure, evaluation, and funding. (DR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Education, College Credits, Community Colleges, Costs, Curriculum Development, Developmental Programs, Enrollment, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Surveys, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Board for Community Colleges, Annapolis.