ERIC Number: ED307000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb-19
Reference Count: N/A
Community College Reading Students: Data and Demographics.
A study was conducted at Mott Community College to assess the effectiveness of developmental courses in preparing students to meet prerequisite reading skill requirements. Files for all 362 students who took a reading course in fall 1988 provided the data for the study. Study findings included the following: (1) 85% of the students completed the reading course, and 79.53% of the course completers improved their reading achievement test scores by at least two grade levels; (2) the 62 students who tested below the 9th grade level in fall 1988 made an average of a half year's progress in vocabulary development and advanced two grade levels in comprehension, and were generally advised to take another reading course; (3) 51.7% had been influenced to enroll in the reading course by an advisor, and 33.8% took it upon themselves to enroll; (4) 50 of the students intended to enroll in the college's nursing program, 32 in a business program, and 15 in the dental hygiene program; and (5) 174 of the students indicated that their highest priority was to improve their reading comprehension skills. Based on study findings, it was concluded that whether students were prepared to meet the reading requirements of other college courses depended upon their skill levels at entry. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Charles Stewart Mott Community Coll., Flint, MI.