ERIC Number: ED341444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
Meeting the Diverse Needs of Two-Year College Students through Appropriate Course Placement.
Jenkins, Bess G.
In response to a legislative requirement, Redlands Community College (RCC) initiated a requirement in 1991 for students to take the Assessment of Skills for Successful Entry and Transfer (ASSET) test. The only exemptions were for those students enrolling in fewer than 6 hours of classes and not taking either English Composition or a college-level mathematics course; and for students who scored above a certain cutoff score on the American College Testing (ACT) test. Entry-level assessments were conducted of 108 students in spring 1991, 117 students in summer 1991, and 264 students in fall 1991. ASSET test results indicated that over 94% of each student cohort required remediation in mathematics, and approximately half of all students required remediation in writing and reading. Course grades were analyzed for the spring 1991 cohort in order to evaluate the validity of the ASSET test in predicting course performance. Very low correlations were found between student success in English Composition and scores on either the reading or the writing component of the ASSET, indicating that the ASSET may not be a good predictor of course performance. However, the number of students was so low that additional data must be acquired and analyzed before firm conclusions can be drawn. A discussion of ASSET test cutoff scores for each academic area, and related course placement recommendations and requirements; course descriptions; data tables; and a review of related research are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Testing, High Risk Students, Institutional Mission, Mathematics Skills, Predictive Validity, Reading Skills, Remedial Instruction, Screening Tests, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Testing Programs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Redlands Community College OK
Note: Paper presented at the Fall Conference of the North Texas Community/Junior College Consortium (Dallas, TX, November 15, 1991).