ERIC Number: ED202500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The Block Scheduling Project at Community College of Allegheny County.
McHugh, Elizabeth; And Others
These four reports resulted from a series of studies undertaken by the Community College of Allegheny County to evaluate its Block Scheduling Project, which schedules students into a block of developmental courses centered around a core, transferable course in either psychology or history. The first report briefly describes the project, considers student placement procedures, outlines the seven steps in the learning process emphasized in each course, and reviews the format and content of the psychology, reading, composition, and math courses. This report also details the methodology and findings of a project evaluation which measured changes in students' attitudes, anxieties, learning behaviors, and reading and vocabulary levels after participation in the psychology-based program and which also compared the quality point averages (QPA) and re-enrollment rates for blocked and nonblocked students. The second report compares, through Fall 1979, the QPA's and retention rates of these blocked and nonblocked students. Finally, the last two reports detail the evaluation of the blocked program offered in Fall 1978 that centered around a history, rather than a psychology, core course. These reports compare retention rates; English, reading, and math grades; and QPA's for those students who took advantage of the Fall 1978 blocked program and those who did not. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Course Content, Developmental Studies Programs, Followup Studies, History, Integrated Curriculum, Program Evaluation, Psychology, Remedial Mathematics, Remedial Reading, Student Attrition, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Allegheny County Community Coll., Pittsburgh, PA.