ERIC Number: ED094837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Junior College Program for Youthful Offenders in an Institution.
California State Dept. of the Youth Authority, Sacramento.
The Columbia Junior College Program was started at the Youth Authority's Fricot Ranch School in May 1969, and ended with the institution's closing two years later. The program provided wards of the institution with an introduction to college, first at Fricot and later at day classes at the college campus. The major elements of the program were: (1) remedial, developmental, and introductory college courses; (2) rehabilitative services involving counseling; and (3) organized recreational activities. The median age of the students was 19.1 years, with 97 percent being 17-21. Of the 127 students in the program, 73 percent remained until paroled and 34 percent dropped out. Those who remained in the program completed an average of 2.7 quarters during their average stay of 8.8 months. They accumulated an average of 39 units of college credits, and their median grade-point average was 3.3, with 46 percent attaining 3.0 or higher. Personality tests, administered on a pre-post basis, showed that gains greater than would be expected by chance were made on Self-Acceptance, Self-Esteem, and Personal Competence Scales. The students' reactions to the program, as elicited by questionnaire, were largely in the "very favorable" category. Follow-up data revealed that 60 percent of the students continued college during their first six-months after parole; nearly two-thirds attended college four months or longer. About 90 percent were involved with jobs and/or school during this period. The findings suggest that the program had a rehabilitative influence and was conducive to academic achievement. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of the Youth Authority, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California