ERIC Number: ED305955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Success of Hispanic Students in English Classes.
Dixon, Betty L.
In response to recent increases in the enrollment of Hispanic students at Rancho Santiago College, a study was conducted to examine the grades and course completion rates of students with Hispanic surnames enrolled in English classes. Three English courses were studied: English 060, which provides a thorough review of English grammar and punctuation and emphasizes short papers; English 061, which provides instruction and practice in writing well-developed paragraphs in a variety of modes; and English 101, Freshman Composition. All students with Hispanic surnames were identified on the spring 1987 rosters for these courses, and their final grades were determined. Study findings included the following: (1) 40% of the 415 students on the rosters for English 060 had Hispanic surnames; of these 45% withdrew from class, 24% received credit for the class, and 31% received no credit; (2) 34% of the 476 students enrolled in English 061 were Hispanic; of these, 33% withdrew from class, 46% received credit, and 21% received no credit; (3) a section of English 061 with special support services for Hispanic students had a 100% completion rate, with 86% of the students receiving credit; (4) 23% of the 686 students enrolled in Freshman Composition were Hispanic; of these 34% withdrew; and (5) rates of persistence were comparable for Hispanic and non-Hispanic students in English 060 and 061, but success rates were lower for Hispanic students in all three courses. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rancho Santiago Community Coll. District, Santa Ana, CA.