ERIC Number: ED317240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-25
Percentage of S.C.C. Students Bypassing Remedial Work and the Effects on Subsequent Grades and Dropout Rate.
In 1989, a study was conducted at Southwestern Community College (SCC) to determine the percentage of students who by-passed the remedial classes into which they had been placed, and the effect of this on their progress at SCC. A random sample of 180 students who failed all or part of the placement test administered in 1988-89 were chosen as the study group. Study findings included the following: (1) at least 30% of the students did not register for remedial courses or registered for the incorrect course; (2) by-passing remedial classes seemed to have a negative effect on students' grade point averages, dropout rates, and performance in subsequent math and English classes; (3) mathematics classes were the most frequently by-passed remedial classes; (4) by-passing math classes seemed to have a devastating effect on later attempts to pass curriculum-level math, with 90% of those students skipping remedial math either failing or withdrawing from attempted math courses; (5) a clear relationship existed between the probability of dropping out and placing into extremely low-level English grammar, reading, or math courses; and (6) the dropout rate of students needing four or more remedial classes was not significantly higher than the rate for students needing only one remedial class. An appended report describes common problems in registering students for pre-curriculum classes. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwestern Community Coll., Sylva, NC.