ERIC Number: ED265914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Feb-28
Reference Count: 0
Study of Academic Progress by Students at Harper after Enrolling in Developmental Courses, Volume 14, No. 9.
Kolzow, Lee C.
In spring 1985, a study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of remedial programs at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) by following the progress of students after they had taken a remedial course. The sample included 223 students who enrolled in communications courses from 1980 to 1982, 299 students who enrolled in developmental mathematics courses from 1978 to 1982, and 201 students who enrolled in a developmental reading course from 1978 to 1982. An analysis of the academic records of these students through spring 1986 revealed the following: (1) students who earned an A or B in a remedial course had a high probability of success later, those earning a C or D had marginal chances of later success, and those failing had a low probability of success; (2) grades received in remedial reading correlated closely with later grades; (3) persistence was related to grades in developmental reading; (4) well over half (56%-61%) of those who earned an A or B in communications passed at least one English course at the 101 level or above; and (5) a strong relationship existed between grades in developmental math and overall grade point average and persistence. Based on study findings, it is concluded that remedial courses are effective in preparing students to do well in college-level courses. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.