ERIC Number: ED318509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
Counselor Assessment and Student Success for Fall 1989. Research Report #84.
Kangas, Jon Alan
In the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, course and basic skills prerequisites have been established for all courses. Students who do not have a record of having completed 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 1989, 16,267 overrides were granted based on 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) 67% of the students who had completed all course and basic skills prerequisites (N=32,248) received an A, B, C, or CR grade, compared to 59% of those who entered on override status; (2) 66% of those granted overrides on the basis of instructor evaluation received a C grade or higher, as did 65% of those with previous degrees, 65% of those with existing college transcripts, and 64% of those granted override based on life experience; (3) the greatest proportion of A and B grades were achieved by students with an override on the basis of previous degrees; (4) only 49% of the students who insisted upon taking a course above their assessment level received a C or better; and (5) overall, the counselors' successfully placed 57% of their students in spring 1988, 59% in fall 1988, 64% in spring 1989, and 59% in fall 1989. (WJT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Advising, Academic Records, Basic Skills, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Counseling Effectiveness, Counselor Performance, Counselor Role, Educational Counseling, Evaluation Methods, Experiential Learning, Grade Prediction, Informal Assessment, Prerequisites, Student Evaluation, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Jose/Evergreen Community Coll. District, San Jose, CA.