ERIC Number: ED115335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
English Placement Survey.
Walters, Henry R.
A survey of California community colleges was conducted in order to ascertain what methods were being used to identify students for placement in freshman English courses, and what types of programs and services were being offered for entering students with reading and writing deficiencies. Of 100 colleges surveyed, 64 responded. There seems to be agreement among the respondents that single multipurpose identification instrument is not yet available which will assist in English placement and which will also identify individual student learning deficiencies. Currently, 48 colleges use a standardized test, 24 also require the submission of an essay as a writing sample, 7 use a writing sample alone, and 9 colleges allow open enrollment in freshman English courses. The writing sample is recommended as the most reliable placement method, but the time and expense required have caused several colleges to discontinue it. Tutoring services for students deficient in basic learning skills are available at 58 colleges. Separate remedial reading and writing courses are offered at 51 colleges, 46 colleges have a basic skills laboratory, and 15 colleges offer two-hour reading and communications skills courses. Survey responses are tallied, and respondent comments are attached. (Author/BB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cosumnes River Coll., Sacramento, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California