ERIC Number: ED395190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Non-Collegiate-Level Academic and Technical Leveling or Bridge Courses for Tech Prep Non-Completers. Final Report.
Texas State Technical Coll., Marshall.
A project at Texas State Technical College developed a curriculum to bridge the gap between the competency level of persons who enter college having completed the secondary component of a tech prep program and those who had not. The project used a technical advisory committee, two task forces, and a panel of experts to identify the competency profile of tech prep completers and to create a curriculum based on these competencies. (It was determined that students who had not completed a tech prep program possessed few, if any, of the competencies of those who had completed a tech prep program). The curriculum that was developed focused on competency-based, individualized, self-paced courses for mathematics, writing, and reading courses. Instructors were trained in the unique needs of adult students and the use of course development software. A management system was developed for tracking individual students through the self-paced process. The result of the project is a Bridge Program Quarter that provides concentrated effort to prepare students for college-level work. This quarter enables students to progress through two mathematics courses and two communications courses that move them from basic mathematics to intermediate algebra and from basic writing skills to college-level composition and prepare them to pass a competency test. (The self-paced modules for courses in mathematics, writing, reading, and drafting are included. Modules include a course description, course objectives, course outline, learning activities, assignments, and evaluation criteria. Also included in the report are the competency descriptions, workshop materials, complete project materials, and an annotated bibliography listing 28 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Articulation (Education), College Programs, College Students, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Drafting, Individualized Instruction, Learning Activities, Learning Modules, Mathematical Applications, Mathematics Instruction, Pacing, Reading Instruction, Tech Prep, Technical Education, Two Year Colleges, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas State Technical Coll., Marshall.