ERIC Number: ED031158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Improvement of Persistence to Remain in School by Potential Dropouts of Community College Students through the Evaluation of a General Education Program. Final Report.
Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.
The majority of students entering Macomb County Community College enroll in the liberal arts curriculum with the intention of earning college credits and transferring to a 4-year institution. But many of these freshmen are "latent terminal" students with poor to average high school grades and low SCAT or ACT scores who fail in their chosen curriculum and leave college between the first and second semesters. The Educational and Cultural Development (ECD) Program, which began in the fall of 1965, is a broad, integrated, 1-year general education curriculum that is structured to provide a successful and productive educational experience in a highly personalized environment. ECD students enroll in 5 courses, on a block schedule basis: social science, natural science, communications, humanities, and orientation. A larger number of students in 2 groups that successfully completed the ECD Program have earned more credits and higher grades in a shorter length of time than a comparison group of regular liberal arts students and those who persisted into their second year continued to achieve ahead of the liberal arts group. This report presents the theoretical structure and description of the ECD Program, the rationale on which it is based, faculty team reports on the 5 areas of study, and a detailed evaluation. The final recommendations are presented to those who might wish to incorporate any or all of them into a new or existing program. (WM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Community Coll., Warren, MI.