ERIC Number: ED329311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Report on Literacy Services in Texas Public Community Colleges and Technical Institutes.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin. Community Colleges and Technical Institutes Div.
In 1991, a study was conducted of the 71 community colleges and technical institutes in Texas to generate a description of existing literacy programs and activities. A total of 61 surveys were returned for an 89% response rate. Findings from the study included the following: (1) 66% of the institutions cited the lack of resources as the predominant problem in defining and/or implementing literacy services; (2) 34% felt that community colleges and technical institutes should play the role of coordination and partnership for literacy programs, 32% felt they should assume a major leadership role, and 27% believed that institutions should serve primarily as providers of remediation services; (3) 77% reported providing services for adults performing below entry-level, while 21% of the institutions not offering literacy services reported plans to do so in the future; (4) about two-thirds of the institutions used a locally-developed curriculum; (5) literacy activities tended to be concentrated in the southeastern, southern, and northern regions of the state; and (6) 78% of the literacy programs provided services year-round. Study recommendations called for further research to assist the educational system in defining "literacy services," identifying literacy students, establishing performance measures, and improving data collection and reporting at the local level. Data graphs and tables, the survey instrument, and a list of responding institutions are included. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin. Community Colleges and Technical Institutes Div.