ERIC Number: ED305129
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Completion of College Preparatory Requirements at Miami-Dade Community College by First-Time-in-College Students Entering Fall 1985. Research Report No. 87-28.
A study was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) to determine the extent to which college and state guidelines for the completion of college preparatory work were being followed. Current MDCC guidelines require students who score low on the Florida Multiple Assessment Programs and Services (MAPS) entrance examination to complete college preparatory coursework before they enroll in college-level courses. The study focused on 2,416 first-time-in-college students beginning at MDCC in fall 1985, who had taken the MAPS and had persisted for four semesters. Of this group, 40.4% had begun with skill deficiencies in reading, 36.5% in writing, and 38.4% in mathematics. Of the students with skill deficiencies, 40.4% successfully completed college preparatory work in reading, 50.9% in writing, and 44.7% in math. Reading had the lowest percentage of students who registered for, but did not complete college preparatory reading. Of the students who only needed to complete one remedial course, half completed it. In general, as the number of required courses increased, the course completion rate rose, although among students who were required to take all six college preparatory classes, only 5.4% did so. MDCC's placement criteria for 1986-87 are included. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.