ERIC Number: ED181103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
An Interdisciplinary Approach to College Compensatory Education.
Williams, Audrey Y.
The City University of New York (CUNY) instituted an open admissions policy in 1970 which provides all New York City high school graduates with an opportunity to attend college. Given the wide academic range of students now attending CUNY, compensatory models are being developed and evaluated in order to effectively deal with skill deficiencies. Baruch College, CUNY, has developed a compensatory program, Communications Skills (CS), especially for the unprepared student. Initial placement tests determine which courses a student is allowed to take. Those scoring in the bottom third are assigned to two semesters of CS, which uses a holistic approach to building college language facility. A team of reading, speaking, and writing faculty meets with approximately 15-20 students for nine hours weekly. The academic history of two groups of entering CS students was followed to determine the effectiveness of the program. An analysis of the retention rate and of the academic averages of the two groups strongly supports the efficacy of the program. About one third of the CS students have registered for a fifth semester at college, a figure which compares favorably with non-CS students. (RLV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: City University of New York Bernard Baruch College