ERIC Number: ED157570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-11
Reference Count: 0
Myth Exposed: Academically Deficient Students Gain 2.3 Grade Equivalents in Only One Semester at a 96% Black Inner-City Community College in South Central Los Angeles Or Inner-City Academic Acceleration: How to Structure a Developmental Skills Program so that Black, Inner-City Students Accelerate Their Academic Growth Rate to a Rate 5.9 Times as Great as They Have Achieved in the Past.
Wallace, Ruby; And Others
The success of the Developmental Skills Program offered at Los Angeles Southwest College, a 96% black institution, is indicated by an average student grade equivalent gain of 2.3 years in one semester; a 5 year average accelerated academic growth rate that is 5.9 times the rate of academic growth black inner-city students have experienced in the past; and an increased retention rate of 80%. The success of the program is heartening in view of the drop in student basic skills which has been decried in Los Angeles and nationwide, and of the problems which such programs face in terms of curriculum restructuring, program development, implementation and evaluation, and determining effective teaching techniques. Specific methodologies apparently related to program success include testing and placement techniques, group orientation, close instructor contact, use of skills specialists, course uniformity, non-traditional reading assignments, firm deadlines, pre- and post-testing, and required departmental meetings. A description of evaluation services offered by the Division of Program Evaluation, Research and Pupil Services is included in an appendix. References for educational program evaluation and audit, learning skills centers, and programs for disadvantaged or inner-city students are listed in a bibliography. (TP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Acceleration, Basic Skills, Bibliographies, Black Students, College Role, Community Colleges, Developmental Programs, Educational Methods, Educationally Disadvantaged, Literacy, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Programs, School Holding Power, Student Placement, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Southwest Coll., CA.; Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the California Society of Educational Program Auditors and Evaluators (San Diego, California, May 11, 1978) and at the meeting of the Southern California Community College Institutional Research Association (Walnut, California, April 4, 1978)