ERIC Number: ED307002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Student Assessment and Remedial/Developmental Education in Michigan's Public Community Colleges.
Argumedo, Barbara J.
In 1988, a study was conducted to examine student assessment and related remedial/developmental programs in Michigan's 29 community colleges. Administrators or instructors with direct responsibility for developmental education programs were surveyed regarding the existence of an institutional definition of and mission statement for remedial education; testing, assessment, and placement practices; instructional methods; program evaluation; student characteristics in fall 1987; professional development; and liaisons with high schools, adult education providers, and business and industry. Study findings, based on responses from all 29 colleges, included the following: (1) 72% of the colleges indicated that they required testing of all newly admitted students, though 86% said that testing could be waived; (2) nearly 50% of the colleges had mandatory placement in writing, 45% in reading, 34% in mathematics, and 10% in English as a Second Language; (3) 45% awarded full degree credit for remedial coursework, 28% awarded limited credit, and 21% awarded no credit; (4) 69% indicated that the grade earned in a remedial course was calculated in a student's grade point average; (5) remedial efforts were decentralized in 76% of Michigan's community colleges and centralized in 21%; (6) 66% had a system for monitoring student progress, and 48% reported that they tracked student success; and (7) in fall 1987, 16,024 students were enrolled in remedial math courses, 9,890 in remedial writing, 5,139 in remedial reading, and 2,690 in other remedial courses. The survey instrument is appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Diagnosis, High Risk Students, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, School Policy, Screening Tests, State Surveys, Student Placement, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Board for Public Community and Junior Colleges, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Community Coll. Services Unit.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan