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ERIC Number: ED107324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 218
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Opening the Door: An Analysis of Some Effects of Different Approaches to Educating Academically High-Risk Students at Forest Park Community College, 1971-72.
Farrell, Thomas James
The General Curriculum (GC) at Forest Park Community College in Illinois was designed as a one-semester initial-entry program for academically high-risk students. The full-time GC student was required to take a series of basic academic courses in reading, writing, and mathematics, a human potential seminar, a transfer course (Applied Accounting, Introduction to American History, Introduction to American Politics, Introduction to Biology, or Introduction to Sociology), and a general studies course (Basic Humanities, Basic Science, Basic Sociology, City Politics, or Contemporary Science). Such students spent 19 hours per week in class, but earned only 11 or 12 credits depending on the transfer course taken. This study was conducted in order to determine the extent to which academically high-risk students who enter the GC program succeed in college as compared to academically high-risk students who enter the college in the traditional manner. The current program, the method of student selection, and relevant literature are reviewed in detail. Results of an investigation of student records indicate that GC students did not earn higher grades or complete more credit hours and that the program seemed to work against them in that they were required to take a series of basic skills courses which did not count toward a degree. Recommendations are made, and a bibliography is included. (DC)
University Microfilms, P. O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No 74-24,070, MF-$5.00, Xerography-$11.00)
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