ERIC Number: ED265894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the San Joaquin Delta College Basic Skills Program, Spring 1985.
Cox, Mary Ann; And Others
In spring 1985, a study was conducted to evaluate the basic skills program of San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC). The study focused on student demographics, skill growth, the effects of basic skills classes on performance in other classes, retention rates, self-confidence, assessment scores related to course selection/performance, and re-entry students' performance level. Study findings, based on data on fall 1984 and spring 1985 enrollees, included the following: (1) 60% of the basic skills students were female, 29% were Hispanic, 67% reported English as their primary language, and 24% were not high school graduates; (2) the average semester gain in reading comprehension was 1.1 grade levels; (3) in fall 1984, 74.5% of the basic skills students took other academic courses; (4) 74% of the students enrolled in the fall term returned in the spring; (5) retention rates for basic skills students exceeded the college-wide rate by over 8%; (6) the percentage of students who felt they would not be successful in college decreased from 61% to 4% after taking the basic skills test; (7) 30% scored below 8th grade in reading, 45% below college level, and 25% at college level; (8) 29% of the math students needed assistance in basic computation; (9) only 50% of the students took placement advice; and (10 re-entry students were more likely to take other classes in addition to basic skills. Survey instruments are included. (LAL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Achievement Gains, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Counseling, Enrollment Trends, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Reentry Students, Self Concept, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Joaquin Delta Coll., Stockton, CA.