ERIC Number: ED256453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Providing Educational Opportunity for Students Who Were Initially Ineligible to Enroll in the State University System. Research Report No. 85-15.
Belcher, Marcia; Losak, John
A study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) to assess the success of the college in offering a start for students who would not be accepted by institutions with more selective admissions policies. The study focused on all students who entered MDCC for the first time in the fall of 1981. Of the 7,097 fall 1981 freshmen, less than one-third would have been eligible to enter the state university system on the basis of their Comparative Guidance and Placement (CGP) examination scores at MDCC and 25% needed college preparatory work in all three basic skills areas. Study findings revealed: (1) slightly less than one-quarter of the original group took the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) by the end of fall 1984; (2) of the students who fell below the cut in all three areas of the CGP only 10% had written the CLAST by the end of the fall term compared to 36% of those who scored above the cut in all three areas; (3) the MDCC students who were initially eligible to enroll in the state university system performed similarly to university students in each of the four subtest areas; (4) 688 of the students who were initially ineligible to enroll in the state university system passed three of the four CLAST subtests and were therefore eligible to enter the system; this was equivalent to 77% of those who took the CLAST and 14% of those who first enrolled at MDCC in fall 1981; and (5) the proportion of students passing in each subtest area declined as the number of areas in which a student needed preparatory help increased. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.
Note: For related documents, see JC 850 231-233 and JC 850 235.