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ERIC Number: ED325194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Success of Community College Students Completing Developmental Courses.
Lyons, J. Doyle
Upon entry to New River Community College (NRCC), placement tests are administered to students enrolling in curricula and to students enrolling in English and mathematics classes. Based on preestablished cutoff scores on the placement tests, students are advised by counselors to take appropriate courses. In 1990, NRCC tracked students from developmental courses into the next logical course (non-developmental "target" course). Spring 1990 target course grades were compared based on students' prior developmental course work. The following results were obtained: (1) students passing the first developmental English course did as well in the second developmental English courses as did those students who did not take the first course; (2) overall, students who passed developmental English courses did better in the next non-developmental English course than students who had not taken the developmental English classes, although developmental students had a 9% higher rate of D's and F's than non-developmental students; (3) students passing the first developmental mathematics courses did almost as well in the second developmental mathematics courses as students who did not take the first developmental course; and (4) students who passed developmental mathematics courses did not do as well in the non-developmental mathematics target courses as did students who had not taken developmental mathematics. Detailed data tables of results are presented. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Writing, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Developmental Studies Programs, English Instruction, Grades (Scholastic), Mathematics Instruction, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Mathematics, Screening Tests, Sequential Learning, Student Development, Student Placement, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New River Community Coll., Dublin, VA.