ERIC Number: ED308902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-28
Counselor Assessment and Student Success for Fall 1988. Institutional Research Report #75.
Kangas, Jon Alan
In the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District (California), course and basic skills prerequisites have been established for all courses. Students with no record of completing 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 fall 1988, 9,952 overrides were granted based on the 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 both course and basic skills requirements (N=34,831) received a grade of A, B, C, or Credit, compared to 59% of those who enrolled on override status; (2) 46% of the counselors successfully placed more than 60% of their students, compared with 32% of the counselors in spring 1988; (3) 69% of the students who were granted overrides on the basis of life experience or previous degrees received a C or higher in their coursework, as did 63% of those who documented completion of previous coursework; and (4) the greatest proportion of A and B grades were achieved by students with an override based on life experience and students with previous degrees. Study findings supported the conclusion that counselors who strictly enforce prerequisites, use a careful evaluation of relevant life experience, and rely on documented evidence of previous coursework can place students effectively. (ALB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Jose/Evergreen Community Coll. District, San Jose, CA.
Note: For a related document, see ED 302 296.