ERIC Number: ED346908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
English Placement Recommendations at Golden West College: An Analysis of Disproportionate Impact.
In 1992, a study was conducted to determine whether student placement rates into college-level courses varied across subgroups of students at Golden West College (GWC), and, if so, the extent to which this disproportionate impact (DI) occurred. The standard of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for employee selection holds that DI is evidenced when the selection rate of an impacted group is less than 80% of that for the majority group. This standard was applied to the results of the English writing portion of the college boards assessment and placement services (APS) test administered to incoming GWC students. Data were compiled for all those who were tested between early December 1991, and the end of June 1992, totaling 1,851 students. In the case of student ethnicity, there was some evidence of DI in the use of the APS for placement recommendations of Asian students, but not for Hispanic students. Similarly, students reporting verified learning disabilities were recommended to degree-applicable courses at a rate below the EEOC standard, indicating some degree of DI. There was no evidence of DI for any age group. A recent monograph summarizing similar evaluations indicated that there was evidence of DI, based on the EEOC standard, in over 60% of the calculations at 11 community colleges. The GWC analyses resulted in evidence of DI in 22.2% of the calculations. Appendixes provide data tables and graphs. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Golden West Coll., Huntington Beach, CA.