ERIC Number: ED361011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Necessary, but Insufficient: The Learning Center's 1992-93 Annual Report.
Platt, Gail M.
The Learning Center (LC) at South Plains College (SPC), in Texas, offers remedial reading instruction, college-level reading and human development, Success Seminars, orientation services, tutoring, and independent study for academic skills development. The center, which has the most successful remedial reading program in the state, combines the following four elements: a talented, dedicated, and dynamic faculty; students of all kinds; instructional support (including facilities, equipment, materials, supplies, and administration); and an administrative commitment to evaluate programs and services and to document effectiveness. All center faculty possess master's degrees with at least 18 graduate hours in an academic discipline. In 1992-93, all center faculty attended a critical thinking workshop, an academic support conference, and two teleconferences. The center provided services to over 2,230 individuals who made a total of 17,595 visits, representing a 79% increase in the number of visits from the previous year. In comparison with seven community colleges in the West Texas region, SPC had the highest retention rate among students who completed remediation (93%). With a reduction in state funding for special needs populations, the center's total 1992-93 funding was 6% lower than the previous year, although institutional funding to the LC was up 4%. All aspects of the center's operation are routinely assessed, including faculty and tutor performance, and student outcomes. Progress on meeting the center's goals and objectives for the 1992-93 academic year; a discussion of student demographics; results of standardized tests before and after remediation; tables of evaluative data; and sample program evaluation forms are included in this annual report. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Ancillary School Services, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, High Risk Students, Independent Study, Outcomes of Education, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Programs, Remedial Reading, School Orientation, Skill Development, Standardized Tests, Student Characteristics, Tutorial Programs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Plains Coll., Levelland, TX. Learning Center.