ERIC Number: ED302296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-15
Reference Count: 0
Counselor Assessment and Student Success. Institutional Research Report Number 73.
Kangas, Jon Alan
In the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, course and basic skills prerequisites have been established for all courses. Students who do not have a record of having completed these prerequisites cannot enroll unless they have been assessed by a counselor, have had their prerequisites verified in alternate ways, and have been granted override status for enrollment. In spring 1988, 6,261 overrides were granted based on completion of equivalent coursework, instructor evaluations, life experience, previous degrees, and other reasons. A study was conducted to compare the academic success of students who had completed all course and basic skills prerequisites with that of students who had enrolled on override status. Study findings included the following: (1) 65% of the students who had completed all course and basic skills prerequisites (N=38,583) received an A, B, C, or CR grade, compared to 57% of those who entered on override status; (2) 67% of the students who were granted override status on the basis of life experience received a C or higher, as did 60% of those who documented completion of previous coursework and 59% of those with previous degrees; (3) the greatest proportion of A and B grades were achieved by students with an override based on life experience, while students who were granted override on the basis of their word that the prerequisite was satisfied had the lowest success rate; and (4) the counselor with the highest percentage of successful students among his/her students (81%) used strictly life experience overrides. Study findings supported the conclusion that counselors who strictly enforce prerequisites, evaluate relevant life experiences, and use documented evidence of previous course work can place students effectively. (AAZC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Jose/Evergreen Community Coll. District, San Jose, CA.