ERIC Number: ED333937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Making a Difference: The 1990-91 Learning Center Annual Report.
Platt, Gail Malone
An overview of the activities and services of South Plains College's Learning Center (LC) is provided in this annual report for 1990-91. Introductory material outlines the scope of the report and offers detailed descriptions of the three major changes to the Learning Center: (1) the implementation of the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), a state-mandated effort to assess and remediate basic skills deficiencies in reading, writing, and math; (2) the reorganization of the LC which gave primary responsibility for remedial English and Math courses to the English and Math departments; and (3) the assignment of LC staff and faculty to the Dean of Students office rather than the Vice-President of Academic Affairs office. The next section reviews TASP remediation outcomes, concluding that students appear to benefit from early and appropriate placement in remedial settings, but that those who require extensive remediation may be unable to make sufficient progress to enter college-level programs. The next section provides a statistical analysis of the population served by the LC, exploring student demographics, their TASP status and scores, and participation in TASP remediation. Following a section on faculty/staff activities and accomplishments, other activities related to linkages with and services to students and outside organizations are enumerated. Next, a qualitative evaluation, offering verbatim comments from faculty and students, is provided. After listing goals for 1991-92, the report concludes with a discussion of the effectiveness of the implemented changes, an examination of course-based remediation, and an exploration of future plans, focusing on such areas as academic support services, remediation, and funding. A short bibliography and statistical overview are attached. (MPH)
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, High Risk Students, Individual Instruction, Learning Resources Centers, Peer Teaching, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Remedial Programs, Skill Centers, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Study Skills, Testing Programs, Tutoring, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Plains Coll., Levelland, TX.