ERIC Number: ED348112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
College Preparatory Instruction: Study Results from a Legislative Request.
Belcher, Marcia J.
In response to a request from the 1992 Florida State Legislature, Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC) participated in a longitudinal study of college preparatory instruction. M-DCC student testing and outcomes data were collected for four cohorts of first-time-in-college students enrolling in fall terms 1986 through 1989. Highlighted findings included the following: (1) over the 4 years studied, a constant two-thirds of entering M-DCC students needed college preparatory work (CPW) in one area or more; (2) 80% of Black non-Hispanics, 64% of Hispanics, and 60% of White non-Hispanics required CPW; (3) although most students requiring remediation began CPW (between 73% and 84% depending on the year and subject area), less than two-thirds completed their CPW; (4) 81% of the students who completed CPW in reading and writing had grades of C or better in later English courses, compared to 86% of the students who did not require CPW; but in mathematics courses, college preparatory completers continued to lag behind (59% vs. 72% with a C grade or better); (5) after 5 years, 64% of the students who completed CPW in reading and writing had either graduated, were still enrolled, or had left with a satisfactory grade point average; (6) the graduation rate was nearly twice as high for those never needing CPW; and (7) over 40% of M-DCC graduates over the past 3 years had entered the college needing college preparatory instruction. A discussion of the implications of study findings, 25 data tables and figures, and the data collection form are included. (Author/MPH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Basic Skills, College Outcomes Assessment, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Degrees (Academic), Ethnicity, Grades (Scholastic), High Risk Students, Longitudinal Studies, Minority Groups, Multicampus Colleges, Remedial Programs, Student Placement, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.
Identifiers: College Level Academic Skills Test