ERIC Number: ED207072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Basic Skills Effort at the City University of New York.
Lederman, Marie Jean; Ribaudo, Michael
As a result of an open admissions policy, the City University of New York (CUNY) was faced with large numbers of students in need of instruction in the basic skills. Each college had to develop testing programs to determine placement and to diagnose individual students needs, and each was faced with the necessity of creating larger programs in reading, writing, mathematics, and English as a second language. To improve communication among the faculty involved in these programs, an instructional resource center was created to organize, expand, and coordinate the various remedial efforts within the University. More recently, its functions have been expanded through the Freshman Skills Assessment Program (FSAP). This program insures that students in need of basic skills instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics are identified prior to entry and are placed in courses appropriate to their skill levels. Students must pass tests in all three subjects in order to enter upper division classes. Educators at CUNY are currently conducting a study that will enable them to look at the differences in the structure and content of programs across campuses and how these relate to FSAP retest scores, performance in regular college courses, persistence within the college, and retention in the university. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Office of Academic Affairs.