ERIC Number: ED354977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Academic Readiness of Incoming Students. Topical Paper Series, Issue 3, Spring 1993.
Angle, Nancy; And Others
As part of an effort to assess the academic readiness of incoming students at Cerritos College (CC) in Norwalk, California, a study was conducted of the college's constituency to identify the characteristics of incoming students and to determine the extent to which these characteristics have changed over time. The study utilized data from the college application form and results from California Assessment Program (CAP) tests. Findings from the study included the following: (1) from fall 1985 to fall 1990, approximately one-third of students were under the age of 21, while the median age of students increased from 23 years old to 24; (2) between 1985 and 1990, CC student residence in CC district cities declined from 73% to 59%; (3) in fall 1985, 1,003 (24.1%) of the 4,115 public high school graduates from CC's feeder districts attended CC, compared to 893 (21.8%) of the 4,087 high school graduates in 1990; (3) analysis of CAP test score data for the 3 year period from 1987-88 through 1989-90 showed 12th grade reading test scores in Los Angeles County to be consistently 17-22 percentage points below the statewide mean, while mathematics scores were 19-20 points below the mean; (4) 12th grader's CAP writing scores for Los Angeles County from 1988-89 to 1989-90, were 20-23 percentage points below the statewide mean; (5) CC's own reading, writing, and mathematics assessment instruments for its non-traditional college age students has shown a steady decline in mean scores from fall 1985 through fall 1990; and (6) more CC students are originating from county districts where preparation is lower than in CC's feeder districts. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA.