ERIC Number: ED318500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-25
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A Method for Determining Valid Course Placements and Prerequisites: Findings & Recommendations from a Study of California Community Colleges.
Cohen, Elaine; And Others
In 1987, Santa Barbara City College, California, received a grant to develop valid and culturally fair assessment procedures for placing students into appropriate level courses. Specifically, the project sought to: (1) determine faculty and student perceptions of the skills needed to succeed in entry-level college classes; (2) examine the relationship between assessment test scores and grades; (3) develop statistical procedures to identify multiple variables for predicting students' grades; (4) establish procedures for determining valid prerequisites for entry-level, degree-applicable courses based on assessment test scores and other educational and demographic variables; (5) determine whether the procedures used to place students into courses systematically discriminate against students in any ethnic group; (6) develop a means for communicating to faculty, counselors, and students the probability of students succeeding in particular courses based on assessment scores and educational background characteristics; (7) identify the implications of the study; and (8) provide information on the replication of the project at other colleges. Surveys were administered to students and faculty members in a sample of precollegiate and entry-level courses at eight California community colleges. Based on surveys completed by 24,000 students and 1,600 faculty members, a series of 12 recommendations were developed. The study report includes findings and recommendations, and discusses the implications for assessment, orientation and advisement, instruction, and research. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (70th, Seattle, WA, April 22-25, 1990).