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ERIC Number: ED393492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Effectiveness of a Community College Developmental English Course and Examining Variables Related to Course Success.
Strehlow, Betty J.
A study was undertaken at Willmar Community College (WCC), in Minnesota, to assess the effectiveness of the developmental writing program and to identify which demographic and educational characteristics predicted final grades in college-level English courses. The study sample included all students who enrolled at WCC during the 1992-93 academic year and completed the Academic Skills Assessment Program tests. Grades in college-level English composition through spring 1994 were compared for students who had completed a developmental writing course and those who had not, while a linear regression was used to determine the relationship of age, years out of school, years of high school English and math completed, grade in students' last English and math courses, high school grade point average (GPA), and students' perceptions of the importance of their college to others and to themselves. The study found that completers had a median GPA of 2.0 in the English course, compared to 1.0 for non-completers. In addition, as of spring 1994 completers had a higher median ratio of credits completed (.85 versus .44) and a higher overall GPA (2.28 versus .9) than non-completers. Finally the variables of student age, years out of school, grade in last English course, high school GPA, and highest math class completed were found to be predictors of grades in college-level English composition. Contains 23 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wilmar Community Coll., MN.