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ERIC Number: ED034537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 25
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Ahead in College: A Developmental Program for Low Achievers.
Garcia-Passalacqua, Juan M.
Because of the current trend toward further education for all high school graduates, there is need to prepare low-achieving students for college-level work. A developmental program was designed for Puerto Rico Junior College to improve the performance of high school graduates with low academic averages and entrance examination scores. After a year of pilot operation, the "Ahead in College" program has been evaluated. It includes training in the basic skills and concepts of English, Spanish, mathematics, and several business skills. Courses in human relations, music, arts, and sports are also offered. Individual counseling is provided. The maximum program load is 17 hours a week, with no more than 12 credit hours. On the basis of monthly progress evaluations of each student, transfer is granted to the regular 2-year curriculum of the college. Participants in the program pay regular tuition and fees. During the pilot year, the program had 46 participants. Student profiles showed that personal and family problems had been responsible for previous low achievement. The performance of students promoted from the pilot program compared with the performance of regular students showed that the pilot group competed successfully. In view of this, it is suggested that more such programs be started to serve students with an average or low level of achievement in high school. An essential target for such programs is student attitudes and motivation. (MS)
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Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico