ERIC Number: ED340436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Student Outcomes Study: Fall 1988 Follow-Up Study of Students Enrolled in Remedial Writing Courses in Fall 1986 and Remedial Reading Courses in Fall 1987. Year 3.
In 1988, a follow-up study was conducted to describe and evaluate the academic progress of students who had been the subjects of fall 1986 and fall 1987 Learning Assessment Retention Consortium (LARC) student outcomes studies. The study samples included 2,012 students who had completed a remedial writing course at one of 10 participating California community colleges in fall 1986 and 1,581 students who had completed a remedial reading course at one of 17 participating colleges in fall 1987. To conduct the study, information was collected from college records, and 483 students were interviewed over the telephone. Major findings of the study included the following: (1) 85% of the former writing students and 82% of the former reading students persisted at least one semester after the outcomes studies took place; (2) there were substantial differences in semester-to-semester persistence rates among ethnic groups and between students who were successful in the initial remedial course of study and those who were not successful; (4) 45% of the fall 1986 remedial writing students had completed freshman composition by the end of the spring 1988 semester; (5) 20% of the fall 1987 remedial reading students were still enrolled in remedial reading courses in fall 1988; (6) about half of the sample consistently had grade point averages (GPA's) between 2.0 and 2.9, more than one-quarter had GPA's over 2.9, and almost one-quarter had GPA's below 2.0; (7) of the students who had departed the participating community college and who were interviewed, the majority had not re-enrolled at a community or four-year college; and (8) 74% of the former remedial reading students responded in an interview that they were reading more now or finding reading more enjoyable as a result of their class. Appendixes provide data collection instruments, college tables, a chronology of the study, and a background and description of LARC. (Author/JMC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Followup Studies, Outcomes of Education, Questionnaires, Reading Instruction, Remedial Instruction, Student Educational Objectives, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning Assessment Retention Consortium of the California Community Colleges.