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ERIC Number: ED119794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb-14
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of the Basic Studies Program on the Scholastic Performance of a Selected Group of Low-Achieving Students Enrolled at Bucks County Community College During the 1973-1974 Academic Year.
Rosella, John D.
Bucks County Community College's Department of Basic Studies is a comprehensive developmental education program which involves work for credit in basic academic skills--reading and study skills, writing and mathematics. In addition, special counseling is given to students in order to change negative habits and attitudes, and to develop a more positive self-image. During the 1973-74 academic year, a study was conducted to determine the effect of the Basic Studies Program. Students included in the study ranked in the bottom 40 percent of their high school graduating class and scored at the 25th percentile or below on the Comparative Guidance and Placement Test. This study contrasts 86 students participating in the Basic Studies Program (experimental group) with 97 nonparticipants (control group). The average GPA earned by the experimental group was 2.285, while the control group earned an average GPA of 1.77, a difference which was statistically significant. While 75 (87 percent) of the experimental group participants returned to Bucks for the fall 1974 semester, only 59 (61 percent) of the control group returned. The experimental group also proved to be more successful in English Composition I and mathematics than the control group. They more frequently earned grades of "C" or better, and showed more persistence. Tables of data are appended. (NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bucks County Community Coll., Newtown, PA.