ERIC Number: ED356819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Course Enrollments and Subsequent Success after Being Advised of or 'Blind' to Assessment Test Scores and Course Recommendations.
Jue, Penny Y.
Beginning in fall 1991, Napa Valley College (NVC), in California, switched from essentially mandatory placement of incoming students to an advisory, self-selection system, where students receive course recommendations based on assessment test results. In order to evaluate the validity of NVC's assessment procedures, a study was conducted of assessed students' self-placement and success rates for fall 1991 and spring 1992. Students assessed prior to these semesters were divided into two groups, "advised" students making course selections based on their assessment test scores, course recommendations, and personal factors (e.g., high school grades, work schedule, and motivation), and a "blind" group utilizing only personal factors. The study then examined differences in the level of math and English courses selected by the two groups and subsequent success in two English and two math courses. Major findings included the following: (1) 51% of the 184 students who enrolled in English courses without knowing their assessment outcomes enrolled at a level that would have been recommended, while 64% of the 220 advised students did so; (2) 69% of the 228 students who enrolled in math courses without knowing their assessment outcomes enrolled at a recommended level, while 77% of the 285 advised students did so; (3) at most, 27% of the unadvised students enrolled in higher level courses than would have been recommended; (4) for the two math courses, there was no difference in success between the two groups of students; and (5) while there was no difference in success rates for one of the English courses, the other showed a success rate of 35% for unadvised students, compared to 58% of advised students. In general, the findings alleviated NVC staff concerns concerning the self-selection placement system. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Research and Planning Group of the California Community Colleges (Tahoe City, CA, March 3-5, 1993).