ERIC Number: ED254842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Lazdowski, Walter P.
Special Services for the Disadvantaged Students (SSDS) is a federally funded three-year college retention program initiated at a Texas community college. The program's objectives include improving reading and math levels, improving achievement of handicapped students, and increasing skills in English as a second language. To accomplish these objectives, the college provides six professional developmental education instructors. The need for the program was indicated by a 1982 survey, which indicated nine common learning problems: lack of academic skills, poor attitude, low aspirations, cognitive styles, handicapped students, low income, limited English speaking ability, lack of college survival skills, and a lack of counseling. Special services of the program include (1) "success sessions" (consisting of an interview and career and academic needs assessment, a review of testing results, and a prescriptive learning plan); (2) study centers; (3) regular contact between the program's developmental instructors and the participating students' regular teachers; (4) field trips to work sites in the students' major areas of study; and (5) providing a mentor for each student in the program, who gives students individualized academic and emotional support. During its first semester, the program met its assigned objectives with few exceptions. (HTH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Disabilities, Dropout Prevention, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educationally Disadvantaged, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Skills, Program Descriptions, Reading Skills, Remedial Instruction, School Holding Power, Skill Development, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western College Reading and Learning Association (18th, Denver, CO, March 28-31, 1985).