ERIC Number: ED249838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Factors Associated with the Academic Performance of Marginal Students in an Urban College Setting.
Reeling, Glenn E.; And Others
Factors that might enable students with minimal basic skills deficiencies to succeed at Jersey City State College (JCSC) were studied. On the basis of students' performance on the New Jersey Basic Skills Placement Test, it was possible to identify those students with minimal skills deficiencies in English, mathematics, and reading. Data were obtained from student records, student and faculty questionnaires, and semi-structured interviews with students and faculty. Nine factors were identified that distinguished JCSC students from students enrolled in other public New Jersey colleges and universities. Teachers' opinions about the following competencies were determined: communication, problem solving, clarifying values, using science and technology, and understanding the arts. In comparison to faculty in other general studies subjects, natural sciences faculty rated more strongly the need for student competencies in communication and problem solving. Group interviews with students resulted in recommendations concerning advisement, course offerings, course outlines, course content, and student evaluation. Bar graphs and statistical tables of the findings are appended, along with questionnaires and interview schedules. In addition, summaries of interviews are provided. (SW)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, College Students, Educational Background, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Questionnaires, State Colleges, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Success, Urban Areas
Jersey City State College, Jersey City, NJ 07305.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jersey City State Coll., NJ.