ERIC Number: ED257055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Success in a College "Headstart" Program: An Evaluation Study.
Briggs, Linda; Davis, Barbara
The Higher Education Learning Package (HELP) program at Sacramento City--an interdisciplinary approach to basic skill development for high-risk, nontraditional students--has four goals: (1) promotion of student retention at the community college through cognitive and attitudinal development, (2) personal development of students through a supportive educational environment, (3) skill development of students through highly relevant instruction immediately applicable to content, and (4) mainstreaming of high-risk students into regular college classes. The population for an evaluative study of the program were the fall 1983 HELP students, who were advised into the program by counselors or by the college's Assessment Center on the basis of Stanford Test of Academic Skills scores. Both pre- and posttest measures and a control group for comparison (in some areas) were used. These measures included a standardized reading test, student records, surveys and questionnaires, and personal interviews. Results indicated that the HELP program does foster the success of high-risk students. (Appendixes include a reading habit survey, HELP follow-up survey, and HELP follow-up questionnaire for students.) (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Far West Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (11th, Portland, OR, March 7-9, 1985).