ERIC Number: ED366392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental Studies Department, Rockland Community College-Board of Cooperative Educational Services Pilot Project, 1990-1991.
Brown, Janet R.; And Others
The Developmental Studies Department (DSD) at Rockland Community College (RCC), in Suffern, New York, provides courses and services to assist students lacking college-level skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, study skills, and English. An additional pilot project, the RCC/Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) has provided supplemental education services at a college extension site to a segment of RCC's underserved adult population. Students referred to BOCES are those who are unable to complete written tests, do not qualify for financial aid, and/or applied to RCC late. An evaluation of the DSD and BOCES programs indicated the following: (1) while students in the BOCES program generally showed significant improvement, one area of concern was the lack of a policy on discharging students who do not make progress; (2) all levels of DSD students demonstrated statistically significant growth in reading skills, with students in the highest level course scoring above the RCC proficiency level; (3) writing test results demonstrated that DSD students were in need of basic writing skills instruction and that the instruction did result in improved writing skills; (4) 88% of fall 1990 and 82% of spring 1991 mathematics students had either completed the DSD course with 100% accuracy or made significant progress toward that goal; and (5) in the reading program, students placed at higher levels made significant gains while those who entered at lower levels did not. RCC's competency assessment policy is appended. (MAB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Competency Based Education, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Assessment, Educationally Disadvantaged, English (Second Language), Immigrants, Mathematics Skills, Minimum Competencies, Minimum Competency Testing, Program Evaluation, Reading Skills, Self Evaluation (Groups), Summative Evaluation, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rockland Community Coll., Suffern, NY.