ERIC Number: ED151043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb-21
Predicting Mid-Term Grades. Phase II.
Mann, Noel R.
An interim status report is presented on a study of predictors to aid in reducing the 35-40% dropout/failure rate in general chemistry at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College, Perkinston Campus. Data from 1974-75 and 1975-76 were used to develop a formula whereby potentially weak students could be identified before they failed or dropped out of general chemistry. In 1976-77, mid-term lecture averages predicted by application of the formula were compared to instructors' grading scales to determine each student's relative predicted course proficiency. Students predicted not to achieve a passing grade at mid-term were selected to participate in special remedial laboratory sessions involving an intensive review of theory and application of material covered in regular course lectures and using a workbook designed to enhance problem solving ability. Sixteen or 32% of the 1976-77 class were chosen. Early program success was indicated by the fifth week during which no students dropped out; several dropouts had occurred by this time in previous years. By mid-term, eight students dropped out, five of whom were part of the remedial instruction group. Remedial sessions were seen to help 10 of the original 16 high risk students. Of those who completed the entire term, none received a failing grade. End-of-term statistics showed that application of the formula correctly identified 68% of the dropout/failures in general chemistry. (TR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior Coll., Perkinston.
Note: For the predictive formula utilized in the study see ED 125 730