ERIC Number: ED029575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-4
Reference Count: 0
Helping to Salvage the College Failout.
Pitcher, Robert W.
Over 381,000 college students are suspended or dismissed each year for academic reasons. These college failouts exhibit the full range of academic potential but are hampered by such things as low self concept, inadequate language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, a lack of ability to make sound decisions, a lack of meaningful goals, or psychiatric disturbances. Currently used approaches to help low achieving students include: (1) academic suspension or dismissal with the possibility of readmission after a stipulated period, (2) remedial courses, programs, and how-to-study courses, (3) tutoring, and (4) individual and/or group counseling. A model is proposed for a comprehensive approach which may be adapted for use at individual institutions. It involves a thorough educational diagnosis to identify specific causes for low achievement and viable alternatives for action. When appropriate, an individual rehabilitation program could pinpoint the causes of each student's underachievement. A 3-track system would enable the matching of emphasis in each track (language skill development, time and work scheduling, and improvement of self concept) with a student's primary problem in any one area. Since the goal is maximum student development, the staff member would act as a catalyst to facilitate learning and to encourage a great deal of individual responsibility on the part of the student. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented to Section 29 at the 24th National Conference on Higher Education, March 4, 1969, Chicago, Illinois