ERIC Number: ED214580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
High School Preparation as Viewed by Academically Underprepared College Students.
Losak, John; And Others
Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) conducted a study of students who were tested and placed in developmental courses in order to: (1) obtain a clearer picture of the level of high school preparation of these students; (2) to ascertain students' views of their high school preparation and the skills they perceived as needing more emphasis in high school; and (3) to obtain information for improving student preparation for college. To achieve these objectives, 452 students in developmental courses were surveyed; 211 student high school transcripts were examined; and the Comparative Guidance and Placement Test (CGPT) scores of 4,577 public and private high school graduates were compared. The survey revealed that while a large percentage of respondents studied a lot (49.9%), could get help if needed (67.5%), and felt they had improved as students (65.3%), 25.8% did not feel ready for college after high school, 50.3% felt they had not learned to study in high school, and a majority would take additional math and English courses if they could start high school over. The transcript analyses revealed that students in lower-level high school curriculum tracks were more apt to be placed in remedial courses than students in accelerated courses. Only slight differences were revealed in the CGPT scores of public and private high school students. The study report provides an item-by-item analysis of survey responses, includes data tables, and is appended by the questionnaire and a rationale for questionnaire items. (HB)
Descriptors: College Bound Students, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Compensatory Education, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Institutional Evaluation, Participant Satisfaction, Private Schools, Program Evaluation, Public Education, Questionnaires, Remedial Instruction, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Study Habits, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.