ERIC Number: ED212323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Participation in PWP-99, a Special Course for Probationary Students at Bronx Community College, and Academic Performance.
Donnangelo, Frank P.
Since the implementation of an open admissions policy at Bronx Community College (BCC) in 1970, the majority of incoming students have been socially, economically, and academically disadvantaged. In 1978, one out of three students had a native language other than English; 46% came from households with an income of less than $5,000; 68% were placed in remedial reading or English courses; and 45% were placed in remedial mathematics courses. A consequence of these disadvantages and of a systemwide stiffening of academic standards in Fall 1976 was a large increase in the number of students suspended or placed on probation. In Fall 1977, 3,706 of 8,845 students failed to meet retention standards. In order to reduce the high attrition rate at BCC, a special seven-week course entitled Probationary Workshop Program (PWP-99) was developed to focus on the reasons for and implications of probation, the revised grading system, academic regulations, and students' and teachers' responsibility for student success. Although the course was well received by participants, a study conducted in Spring 1979 revealed no significant relationship between participation in the course by probationary students and their academic performance that semester, and called for revisions of the course. These revisions should be based on a follow-up of students who took the course and performed well in their courses and a study of students who attended very few PWP-99 sessions. (The PWP-99 syllabus is appended.) (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY.