ERIC Number: ED340421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
A Study of Student Characteristics Contributing to Success and Progression through SCC's English Skills Course Sequence.
Boese, Larry; Briggs, Linda
In 1991, a study was conducted to determine which student characteristics contributed to success and progression through the English skills course sequence at Sacramento City College. The 371 students in the study were enrolled in selected remedial/developmental English classes or in College Composition (English 1A) at the beginning of spring 1991. All students were asked to complete a questionnaire in class, and in-depth interviews were conducted with 21 students enrolled in English 1A who had been through a progression of English classes. Major study findings included the following: (1) English 1A students averaged more hours of employment than pre-1A students; (2) pre-1A students tended to spend more hours per day on childcare and housework than did English 1A students, and successful pre-1A students averaged more hours on childcare and housework than unsuccessful pre-1A students; (3) English 1A students on average reported higher household incomes than did pre-1A students; (4) parents of English 1A students tended to have higher levels of education than parents of pre-1A students; (5) English 1A students were somewhat more likely to report that a college education was important to their friends than pre-1A students; (6) English 1A and pre-1A students had similarly high expectations for income in 10 years; (7) English 1A students were somewhat more likely to agree that they were procrastinators; and (8) English 1A students were more likely to have a bachelor's degree or graduate degree as their goal. Appendixes provide statistical tables, interview questions, and the questionnaire. (JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Colleges, Developmental Programs, English Curriculum, Freshman Composition, Income, Interviews, Predictor Variables, Questionnaires, Remedial Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sacramento City Coll., CA. Office of Planning, Research and Development.