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ERIC Number: ED349049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-25
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Success and Retention Rates for Gateway U Classes, Spring 1992. Research Report #256.
Kangas, Jon
In spring 1992, a program was initiated at San Jose City College (SJCC) in California to assist underprepared student entering reading, writing, and math courses below the level of transfer English and math courses. The program entitled Gateway U (GU), included the following components: weekly surveys of students during the first 4 weeks of class to determine if students understood their assignments, and if they wanted to see a tutor, talk with the instructor, or study with other students; a program assistant who immediately contacted students having difficulty; block scheduling of reading, writing, and math classes; student study groups; and assistance for students on visits to student services offices. A total of 259 students participated in GU. Success and retention rates were compared to the 796 students who were in remedial class sections that were not a part of GU. Program outcomes included the following: (1) 64% of the GU students (n=167) were successful in their courses (receiving letter grades of A, B, C, or credit) as compared with 45% of non-GU students (n=358); (2) class retention (of those receiving letter grades of A, B, C, D, or credit) for GU students was 72% (n=186) as compared with 53% for non-GU students (n=421); (3) 81% of the time (based on 22 of 27 comparisons) GU class sections had higher success rates than non-GU sections; (4) 85% of the time (23 of 27 comparisons) GU sections had higher retention rates than non-GU sections; and (5) 86% of the students in GU were ethnic minorities, including 52% Hispanic, 23% Black, and 5% Asian, compared with 73% ethnic minorities in non-GU sections. Data tables are included. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Jose/Evergreen Community Coll. District, San Jose, CA.