ERIC Number: ED337213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-28
1990 PreFreshman Summer Program: Post-Program Self-Study Report.
Miller, Michael F.
In 1990, Queensborough Community College (QCC) conducted a Pre Freshman Summer Program (PFSP) to improve first-time freshmen's basic verbal and mathematical skills and to ease students' transition from high school to college by orienting them to college life. PFSP services, which included remedial instruction, comprehensive counseling, and classroom- and center-based tutoring, were available to any student who had not passed the Freshman Skills Assessment Program tests. Outcomes of the program included the following: (1) students maintained excellent attendance in remedial courses, attending more than 90% of their basic skills classes and 82% of their counseling classes; (2) students passed the basic skills courses at a rate of 84.1% for reading, 75% for writing, 69.5% for mathematics, and 88.3% for the counseling course, though students completed all of the courses at a rate exceeding 90%; (3) split session classes had slightly lower pass rates than classes taught continuously for 2 hours and 45 minutes; (4) initially counseling, tutoring, and academic advisement were the most desired program components, but near the end of the program, academic advising, counseling, and free books were seen as the most important program aspects. Based on student findings a number of recommendations were developed, calling for the creation of curricular development subcommittees to encourage new approaches and formats; the creation of special classes for slower students; limitations on enrollment to two PFSP classes; and the clarification of the role of tutors in the classroom. Data tables and charts showing student, teacher, and tutor characteristics and outcomes information are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Bound Students, Community Colleges, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Self Evaluation (Groups), Student Characteristics, Summer Programs, Tables (Data), Transitional Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Queensborough Community Coll., Bayside, NY.