ERIC Number: ED287539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
REACH: Resources Education Achievement Challenge and Hope Program, 1986-1987. Final Report.
Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.
Valencia (Florida) Community College's (VCC's) REACH Program offers high school students a 10-week college preparatory program, including 1-hour instructional units in communications, mathematics,and Afro-American history; 30-minute presentations by black professionals each week; and a personalized prescription for learning based on diagnostic placement test results. A study was conducted to compare the academic performance and withdrawal rate of 29 REACH students, who had also been placed in a summer 7-week skills enhancement program, with that of 27 Black non-REACH students, who had received no special preparation prior to enrolling at VCC in the fall. Study findings included the following: (1) 76.2% of the REACH students and 59.2% of the non-REACH students received passing grades for reading, while 14.3% of the REACH students and 33.3% of the non-REACH students withdrew; (2) 70.8% of the REACH students and 63.6% of the non-REACH students passed English; (3) 85.7% of the REACH students passed Freshman Composition I, while no non-REACH students enrolled in the course; (4) 62.7% of the REACH students and 37.9% of the non-REACH students passed non-prep courses with a grade of B or better; and (5) more than 55% of both groups withdrew from their college prep math classes. Summary information is provided on VCC's REACH component for junior high school students. (UCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Valencia Community Coll., Orlando, FL.