ERIC Number: ED197786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of the Impact of Defining Student Performance Standards on the Climate of Teaching and Learning in Florida's Community Colleges.
Bencich, John D.; And Others
Factors are discussed which affect the role played by faculty in implementing legislation mandating that each of the Florida community colleges define the skills that must be mastered by students before transferring to a baccalaureate program. The report first presents a rationale for this mandate, based on the disproportionately high number of transfer students who drop out or earn failing grades at the Florida State Universities. After outlining the purview of the Essential Academic Skills project, the report presents four axiomatic conditions affecting community colleges. It then discusses the importance of released time, administrative support, and several other prerequisites to faculty participation in the reassessment of course goals and objectives necessitated by the basic skills requirement. The next sections call for a total faculty effort in the setting and enforcing of college-wide entry- and exit-level skills; for the development of a valid exam to measure student competencies; for remediation to fulfill the objectives of the test; and for faculty reassignments based on individual college needs. An outline follows of 14 attitudinal and institutional barriers to faculty cooperation and of corresponding strategies to be used in combatting them. The report concludes with a discussion of the implications of the mandate for terminal students and college autonomy. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida Association of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.