ERIC Number: ED337211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond Remediation: Monitoring Progress and Promoting Success.
Pudelka, Pam; Macha, Becky
The Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), enacted into law in the fall of 1989, was designed to insure that public college students in Texas would have the basic skills necessary to perform in college-level courses. The TASP law requires that students be tested prior to completing 9 or 15 semester hours of college-level work. The law also requires that each institution report annually on the effectiveness of its remediation and advising program and that students who require remediation be continuously remediated. At Del Mar College, students are assessed using the TASP assessment instrument, as well as the American College Testing (ACT) Program test and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The college offers two levels of developmental classes in reading, English, and mathematics. Using a specially designed assessment chart, students' test scores can be evaluated by an advisor to determine the appropriate remedial placement. The counseling, advising, and testing office employs five academic advisors hired specifically to monitor TASP remedial students, and to handle special student referrals from instructors in remedial courses. To encourage students having difficulties, remedial faculty may issue a mark of "remedial incomplete" which does not convert to a letter grade and which allows students to retake a course. The college also offers free workshops on topics such as test-taking, study skills, and coping with procrastination. Other activities for TASP students have included a special study-skills courses and faculty mentoring lunches. The assessment chart and a sample counseling referral sheet are attached. (PAA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Del Mar College TX; Texas Academic Skills Program
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Annual National Conference on Teaching Excellence (13th, Austin, TX, May 19-22, 1991).