ERIC Number: ED203900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Educational Abilities and Success of Students Enrolled in Community College Liberal Arts Courses.
Drawing upon a study conducted at a large, urban community college district, this report assesses the academic skill levels and persistence of liberal arts students. After introductory material noting the declining skill levels of entering college students, the report describes the study, which involved Fall 1980 surveys of instructors and students in a cross section of classes and an analysis of 8,882 transcripts representing a random sample of students enrolled in the district in Fall 1979. The report then focuses on the survey findings that relate to the responses of 4,171 students and 175 faculty members in humanities, science, and social science classes. The survey investigated: (1) instructors' ratings of their students' skills in 14 competency areas, including reading, writing, speaking, computation, and study skills; (2) students' ratings of their own competence in these areas; (3) instructors' estimates of the percentage of their students who could benefit from basic skills programs; and (4) the percentage of students who actually took advantage of these programs. Next, the report draws from the transcript analysis to detail course completion rates for students in science and social science courses between Fall 1974 and Spring 1979. Finally, the report presents summary conclusions and discusses the implications of the findings for college planning. (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association for Community and Junior Colleges (Washington, DC, April 1981).