ERIC Number: ED221494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The Basic Skills Levels of Undergraduate Students and Resultant Attitudes of a University Faculty.
Stahl, Norman A.
Each academic year, a growing number of students with basic deficiencies in skills that are mandatory for successfully achieving the benefits of higher education enter colleges and universities. This problem is not limited to minority and underprivileged populations; these students come from all walks of life, all levels of socioeconomic backgrounds, and all levels of ability. Active student recruitment by institutions or their departments may promote the problem, especially when students have previously benefited from the effects of grade inflation in high school. Many students are unprepared because they did not take the necessary college preparation courses, and some who are oriented toward a career will not be able to meet their goals unless assistance is provided. A survey was conducted of faculty members to determine their attitudes and opinions regarding the basic academic skill levels of undergraduates. Over half of the respondents felt that student competency in basic skills had decreased, the greatest losses being in the language arts. Many respondents blamed poor high school preparation. Slightly more than 74 percent felt that institutions of higher education should provide corrective services. While faculty members appeared to be very much concerned about the skill levels of undergraduates, most preferred to stay out of what they perceived to be the remedial aspects of education. However, many seemed willing to undergo inservice training and to use supplementary techniques and materials designed to assist the learning of students needing help. To correct the troubled transition from secondary to postsecondary education, closer working relations between the secondary schools and colleges is needed. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Colloquium of the Council of Graduate Students in Education (1981).