ERIC Number: ED255247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
The Skills Prerequisite System, Fullerton College (A Six-Year Investment in People).
Borst, Philip W.; Cordrey, LeRoy J.
To deal with an increasing student withdrawal rate from courses, Fullerton College instituted a Skills Prerequisite System, involving mandatory assessment of learning skills in reading, writing, and mathematics followed by prescriptive mandatory placement in appropriate remedial instruction prior to ernollment in skill-dependent, entry-level courses. The system was designed to reduce the withdrawal rate by 5% to 10%, improve students' learning skills, and increase academic performance without lowering academic standards in transfer and vocational courses. The development of the system involved the identification of the basic skills required to succeed in entry-level courses; an experimental phase during which students were placed in 13 entry-level classes; and an analysis of the results of the experimental phase. The two-phase implementation process began with all entry-level courses in the transfer curriculum and then moved on to the vocational-technical curriculum. Implementation required a tripling of the testing assessment sessions to accommodate 9,000 students, increasing the number of reading class sections, and increasing the use of counselors. A 2-year follow-up study of the effectiveness of remediation for all 1982 students revealed significant improvements in grade point average when a poor reader or writer underwent remediation during the first semester of enrollment, and a decline in withdrawal rates from 38% in 1977 to 21% in 1983. The paper includes a cost analysis of the Skills Prerequisite System, highlighting the variety of instructional delivery systems used to provide remedial instruction, and providing definitions, course descriptions and information on assessment procedures. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Orange County Community Coll. District, Fullerton, CA.