ERIC Number: ED353006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Assessment of Entering Students. ERIC Fact Sheet, No. 6.
ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
Because of their open-door policy, community colleges enroll a significant proportion of the poorly prepared students entering higher education. Many educators feel that colleges operating under open-door policies have a responsibility to identify underprepared students and provide them with the necessary developmental support. Colleges are usually urged to evaluate psychological as well as academic factors; however, this requires the commitment of extensive financial and human resources. Thus, many colleges limit their assessment efforts to basic skills. Although such assessment should ideally be provided for all students, realistically it can only be applied under certain circumstances. The most common form of assessment is the standardized test, which is preferable to often unreliable high school grades. Successful assessment efforts depend upon a centrally administered, easily accessible program, and well-trained personnel. Once students in need of remediation are identified, colleges typically either require remediation prior to enrollment in content area courses, allow limited enrollment in content area courses concurrent with remediation, or provide coordinated remedial and content area instruction. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.