ERIC Number: ED216600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Opinions of Students' Basic Skills: A Survey Report from The Languages of the Disciplines Project.
Sartain, Harry W.; And Others
Opinions of 162 University of Pittsburgh faculty concerning the basic academic skill levels of undergraduates now attending the university were surveyed in 1981. A majority of the respondents felt that the 1980 undergraduates possess basic skills levels that are lower than the comparable cohort of 1970. They felt the greatest losses were in writing ability, spelling, and reading. The predominant opinion for a decline in the basic skills levels of entering students was that their high school preparation in the basic skills was inadequate. Nearly one-third of the respondents felt that there was a deemphasis on basic skills mastery in modern society. Most of the respondents stated that developmental courses and services should be offered by institutions of higher education, and about 58 percent favored not granting credits toward graduation for basic skills coursework, while about 42 percent favored the granting of credit to some degree. Just under half of the respondents would consider assigning a text that integrates traditional course content with learning aids to benefit students with deficient skills, while the majority favored assigning a study skills textbook that teaches undergraduates the specific reading, writing, and study skills required for the successful mastery of the subject matter in a specific discipline. If the university were to offer an inservice education program to help faculty in working effectively with students who have inadequate skills, about 51 percent of the respondents would be interested, and about 47 percent would not. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.