ERIC Number: ED386237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
City College of San Francisco Credit ESL Course Completion. Institutional Development, Research and Planning Report 956-01.
Mery, Pamela M.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) department is City College of San Francisco's (CCSF's) (California) largest department, offering both credit and non-credit classes and accounting for 3,993 credit students and 21,025 noncredit students in fall 1993. To gather data on Department success, a study was conducted to determine successful course completion rates (i.e., students achieving at least a grade of C minus) for each credit ESL course over 2 fall semesters. Rates were calculated for continuing credit and new credit ESL students, while new credit students were further categorized as former non-credit ESL students at CCSF, foreign students, students from United States (US) high schools, and students from non-U.S. high schools. Study findings included the following data for fall 1993: (1) credit ESL students had a course completion rate of 83.2%, compared to an college-wide credit course completion rate of 80.5%; (2) core grammar and writing ESL courses, however, had lower completion rates than ESL credit courses in general; (3) new credit ESL students, who were tested and placed into particular course levels, had higher course completion rates than continuing credit ESL students; (4) new foreign students had the highest overall credit ESL course completion rate at 88.63%; (5) the average overall course completion rate for new credit ESL students who were formerly non-credit ESL students at CCSF was 80.25%; and (6) new credit ESL students from US high schools had the lowest overall course completion rate at 66.46%. (Data tables are appended.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Coll. of San Francisco, CA. Office of Institutional Development, Research, and Planning.