ERIC Number: ED373635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Implementation of a Local Model To Assess the Basic Skills Program at a Four-Year Public College. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Jersey City State College (New Jersey) developed a local evaluation model to assess all salient aspects of the institution's basic skills program. The college's Academic Foundations Program was implemented to address the needs of urban educationally disadvantaged students. It includes faculty and staff development and research, freshman course placement based on student performance on a state-mandated placement test, and remedial courses in English, reading, and mathematics. Proficiency levels and remedial-course exit criteria are determined by student performance on course posttest measures. In developing the evaluation model six program objectives were formulated: (1) establishment of a cohesive structure for the basic skills program; (2) remedial course placement rates; (3) first-year course outcomes; (4) skills developed by basic skills course completers; (5) subsequent academic performance and retention rates; (6) basic skills research conducted by faculty and staff. Quality indicator standards were set based on program structure, characteristics of target and comparison groups such as peer institutions, and statewide policies with respect to basic skills. Qualitative and quantitative data were compiled. Results showed that five of the six objectives were met. The quality indicator standard was met in English and mathematics but not in reading. Data showed that the basic skills program objectives were met overall for the 1992-93 academic year. (Contains 14 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, College Freshmen, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Quality, Educationally Disadvantaged, English Instruction, Evaluation Methods, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Models, Program Evaluation, Reading Instruction, Remedial Instruction, State Colleges, Undergraduate Study, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Jersey City State College NJ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1 1994).