ERIC Number: ED189938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Impact of a Developmental Program on Student Performance. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Minnick, Kirk F.; Teitelbaum, Herta
The effectiveness of a basic skills program instituted in fall 1979 at the University of New Mexico is discussed. Freshmen falling below specified American College Testing program cut-off levels were placed in developmental courses that they had to complete successfully before being eligible to enroll in freshman classes in the area of their deficiency. The social studies and natural science portions of the program are considered. The courses were designed primarily to raise students' ability to read, analyze, and evaluate social studies or natural science materials and only secondarily to enhance knowledge in a particular subject. The pre/post-test changes of students who passed a social studies or natural science basic skills course are described, with particular emphasis on students' growth in skills and content areas assessed by a standardized test. Secondly, through covariance analysis, the individual departments that taught the basic skills courses were compared to determine whether they were equally effective in raising students' skills, which was the fundamental goal of the program. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1980; University of New Mexico
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (20th, Atlanta, GA, April 27-May 1, 1980).