ERIC Number: ED230220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Report on Remedial Education.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
As part of a review of policies and procedures regarding postsecondary remedial education, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) administered two surveys in fall 1982. The first survey sampled 10% of the students who had transferred to the state's public universities from a community college in fall 1979 to determine why transfer students from community colleges might be required to take remedial coursework at the universities. The second study, a survey of 52 Illinois community colleges, sought to assess the effectiveness of the colleges' methods of identifying students in need of remedial coursework; the success of students who enrolled in remedial courses; and the overall quality of the colleges' developmental programs. Findings from the surveys indicated that: (1) students who earned associate degrees prior to transfer did not require remedial education, but those who transferred before completing a degree often needed remediation; (2) the most common methods of identifying underprepared students were standardized and college-developed tests, instructor/counselor referral, and student self-referral; and (3) the main method of evaluating student progress in remedial courses was through pre-/post-testing, while the primary method of assessing program effectiveness was through student evaluations. The studies resulted in a revision of ICCB rules governing and defining remedial education. (HB)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Diagnosis, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Remedial Programs, State Surveys, State Universities, Student Needs, Two Year College Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.