ERIC Number: ED310836
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
The Statewide Evaluation of Matriculation: First Year Report on Program Implementation, 1987-88.
Evaluation and Training Inst., Los Angeles, CA.
In 1987, the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges initiated a three and one-half year evaluation of the statewide matriculation program, a legislatively mandated effort to assist community college students in identifying and achieving their educational goals. This report evaluates the implementation of matriculation during the first year, 1987-88. The report discusses matriculation services prior to 1987-88 and after the first year of program implementation, focusing on orientation; assessment; advisement, counseling, and course selection; student follow-up; institutional research and evaluation; coordination and training; admissions; barriers to program implementation; and the impact of matriculation on the colleges. In addition, the report presents results from student and faculty surveys, discusses the role and effectiveness of the Chancellor's Office, offers a cost analysis, and presents recommendations. Major findings of the study include the following: (1) 60% of the colleges expanded their orientation programs, and 60% implemented new types of orientation services; (2) over 70% of the colleges expanded existing assessment programs, and almost 75% expanded their counseling programs; (3) the implementation of matriculation was impeded by cutbacks and delays in funding, poor communication between the Chancellor's Office and the field, limited data processing capabilities, and defunding of a statewide management information system; (4) despite the fact that most students perceived benefits from the matriculation services, 40% indicated that they were still confused about which courses they should be taking; and (5) faculty participation in the program was limited. Recommendations call for full funding of the matriculation program by the legislature, the development of a 5-year evaluation timeline, greater faculty involvement, and a greater emphasis on student assistance, particularly with respect to course selection. Survey instruments are appended. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, College Admission, Community Colleges, Cost Effectiveness, Course Selection (Students), Educational Diagnosis, Followup Studies, Institutional Research, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, School Orientation, State Programs, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Student Personnel Services, Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Authoring Institution: Evaluation and Training Inst., Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California