ERIC Number: ED256276
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Individualized Study Program: Early Warning System.
Hunziker, Celeste M.
The Early Warning System (EWS) of the Individualized Study Program (ISP) at the University of California, Davis, was evaluated. Disadvantaged students who have not met the university's entrance requirements are tracked by the EWS during their first year in order to identify academic problems and provide advising and support. Findings include: EWS was successful in tracking and identifying specially-admitted low income and minority students who earned unsatisfactory grades during their first year; half of these students who earned unsatisfactory grades came to the Learning Skills Center of the university for an interview in 1982-1983, but one-quarter declined an interview, and about one-quarter could not be reached; most of the units of academic advice provided during the interviews were followed and most of these units had successful outcomes; all students for whom the ISP was recommended during the interview participated in ISP workshops and development activities; a quarter-by-quarter analysis of academic performance revealed no differences in improvement in grade point averages for EWS participants and nonparticipants; and the fourth quarter retention rates of EWS interviewed students were 15-20 percent higher than those of EWS students who were not interviewed. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Advising, Academic Persistence, Basic Skills, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Developmental Studies Programs, Disadvantaged, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Individualized Instruction, Intervention, Low Achievement, Nontraditional Students, Open Enrollment, Outreach Programs, Program Evaluation, Remedial Programs, State Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis. Office of Student Affairs Research and Information.