ERIC Number: ED300067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-19
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Maintaining Access, Excellence and Retention: Adaptable Strategies for Developmental Programs.
Martin, Margaret R.
For 10 years, Rockland Community College (RCC), a college of the State University of New York, operated a Special Services Project (SSP), using federal aid to provide remedial and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to educationally disadvantaged students and those with limited English abilities. In 1987, RCC decided not to rely solely on external funding to provide comprehensive services to the educationally disadvantaged, and established the Department of Developmental Studies to institutionalize and coordinate the services that had previously been provided under the SSP. The department provides transition counseling and tutoring for college skills/ESL students as they move into the college mainstream and helps faculty to develop strategies to meet the needs of students entering college-level courses after completing remedial/developmental requirements. Since the department's clientele represents a wide range of students, staffing was designed to be as diverse as possible, including a department chair, coordinators for college skills and ESL activities, developmental instructors and counselors, and teaching assistants. The Department of Developmental Studies currently offers instructional, counseling, and tutoring services for some 70% of the entering freshmen at the college. As the department expands its role of serving students as they move into the college mainstream, student progress and retention are expected to improve. (AJL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Educational Opportunities Associations (7th, Washington, DC, September 18-21, 1988).