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ERIC Number: ED083970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 76
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The Effects of the Bucks County Community College Basic Studies Program on the Scholastic Performance of Academically High-Risk Students.
Licopoli, Francis L.
A comprehensive and integrated basic studies program formulated in 1970 at a community college is discussed. To examine the effects of the program, applicants who graduated in the lower four-fifths and five-fifths of their high school class were randomly assigned to an experimental group and a control group. Students in the experimental group were interviewed by basic studies counselors; those interested registered for one or more courses. An overall comparison was made between the basic studies group and the control group with regard to grade point average, rate of success, persistence, and the number of credits earned, failed and withdrawn, and the grades for English composition I and mathematics earned in the second semester. Specific comparisons were also made for students in each group who ranked in the lower four-fifths of their class and for those who ranked in the lower five-fifths of their class. In the overall comparison, there was little difference in academic performance between students in the basic studies and control groups. In English composition I, success rates were comparably independent to warrant inference of an experimental effect. There was a significant difference for success rates in mathematics by students in basic studies. It was suggested that more use of the results, of the Comparative Guidance and Placement Tests be made. It was recommended that basic studies students continue in group counseling. (Author/CK)
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Authoring Institution: Bucks County Community Coll., Newtown, PA.