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ERIC Number: ED186086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Pages: 63
Abstractor: N/A
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Development of an Academic Alert and Advisement System Using a Participational Governance Structure.
Mackin, Sara Lee
Due to the implementation of new standards for academic progress in Fall 1978 and the resultant suspension of or imposition of credit limitations upon students not meeting these standards, Miami-Dade Community College developed and tested an academic alert program in which computer-generated letters were sent to students at mid-term to provide an assessment of their academic progress and to refer them to appropriate counseling services. A project committee, with representatives from each of the college's four campuses, composed messages for each of 14 unique student groups. These messages were based upon progress reports from faculty and predetermined criteria, including course load, reading level, native language, physical limitations, math scores, and age. Computer programs, incorporated in the college's Response System with Variable Prescription data processing system, were used to place students in appropriate categories and to generate the letters. The warning system, when used with first-time students in mid-Fall 1978, revealed that 43% needed to improve in at least one course and that there was a close correlation between attendance and performance. The study report provides a literature review, academic alert and advisement statistics, a proposal for program evaluation, and a discussion of the participatory governance system used in developing the alert and advisement system. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A