ERIC Number: ED248924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-15
Reference Count: 0
College Responses to Low-Achieving Students: A National Study.
Roueche, Suanne D., Ed.
Innovation Abstracts, v6 n18 Jun 1984
A nationwide study was conducted to examine how U.S. colleges and universities organize, staff, and operate their various programs to meet the needs of the low-achieving student and to document the extensive literacy problem facing all institutions of higher education. Every two- and four-year college in the country was surveyed, and 58% (N=1,452) responded. Selected findings included the following: (1) only 160 institutions reported that they had no basic skills programs, courses, or alternatives for meeting literacy needs; (2) public institutions and larger colleges were more likely to respond to low-achieving students; (3) basic skills courses were the most typical response to low-achieving students; (4) academic officers were generally responsible for policies regarding the evaluation of student assessment and success; (5) student follow-up policies existed only to a limited extent in all reporting institutions; (6) peer counseling was not well accepted among the respondents; (7) more than 50% of the institutions offered orientation programs for low-achieving students; (8) the most common retention strategies included orientation programs, special services for low-achieving students, and institutional self-study; and (9) respondents reported plans to improve programs, though they projected staff reductions in some areas. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
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Note: Abstracted from College Responses to Low-Achieving Students: A Report of a National Study, by John E. Roueche, George A. Baker, and Suanne D. Roueche.