ERIC Number: ED316288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Course Placement Study.
Fredericksen, Marlene; Slark, Julie
Following the implementation of a matriculation plan at Rancho Santiago College (RSC), a study was conducted to examine the appropriateness of student course placement as assessed by faculty and students and to investigate faculty's perceptions of changes in students' skill level preparation over the past few years. Questionnaires were completed in class by the 2,315 students enrolled in 61 classes during the sixth week of the semester, and by the instructor of each section. Major findings of the surveys were as follows: (1) 90% of the students felt that they had been placed appropriately in the courses investigated; (2) there was little difference among student ethnic groups regarding students' perceptions of course placement, although a slightly larger percentage of Asians (8%) thought they should have been placed in a course at a higher level; (3) faculty reported that an average of 78% of the students in their courses has been appropriately placed and that an average of 19% should have been placed in a lower-level course; (4) 12% to 23% of the faculty reported that students' skill levels had worsened over the past two years, with reasoning, writing, and study skills most often cited at lower skill levels; (5) 23% of the students reported feeling underprepared in study skills; (6) there was a significant difference between students' self-reported grades at the time of the survey and students' anticipated final grades; and (7) overall, students more often assessed themselves as prepared for success than did faculty. An appendix contains the responses to each survey question for each course by both students (by ethnic group) and by faculty. The survey instruments are attached. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rancho Santiago Community Coll. District, Santa Ana, CA.