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ERIC Number: ED263518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-20
Pages: 33
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Paired Courses: One Method for Enhancing Academic Success.
Rauch, Margaret; Fillenworth, Ceil
The Reading Center at St. Cloud State University provides individual and small group assistance to students needing help with academic course work, as well as two classes for credit. Recently the center has been pairing a reading and study skills course with a traditional academic course, such as biology. A review of the literature concerning paired courses reveals that such courses can be beneficial to students in a variety of ways. Students between the 33rd and 50th percentile of their high school graduating class are admitted to the university under the division of General Studies Program, in which the paired course instructional model is used. Success of this program depends on the selection and training of faculty and staff who are willing to work closely with high risk students and to devote extra time and energy to course preparation. At the end of the fall quarter of 1984, 333 of the 385 students in the program completed an anonymous questionnaire. Results showed that students felt that the program had helped them and that they could ask their teachers for assistance at any time. The paired classes were found to positively affect students' grade point averages, self-concept, and retention. (Tables of findings are included.) (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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