ERIC Number: ED401979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
English Writing Placement Recommendations at College of the Canyons: An Analysis of Disproportionate Impact.
A study was undertaken at California's College of the Canyons (CoC) to determine whether evidence existed of disproportionate impact in English course placement based on student ethnicity, gender, or age. Data were compiled for all 4,309 students tested between spring 1993 and fall 1995, while the standard for disproportionate impact was taken from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines that the selection rate of any given subgroup should not be less than 80% of the majority group. At CoC, students who score 16 out of 40 or higher on the English placement are recommended to take associate degree applicable English courses. Among the study sample, 3,880 students were recommended to take degree-applicable courses. An analysis of the placement results found no evidence of disproportionate impact by ethnicity, age, or gender. Placements by ethnicity indicated that 93.8% of White students were placed into credit courses, compared to 85.2% of Hispanics, 85.9% of Asian, 81.6% of Black, and 81% of Native American students. Similarly, 91.8% of females and 89.85 of males were placed into credit courses. Care should be taken, however, in interpreting the data, since the EEOC standard of 80% is only a guideline and data on student characteristics were self-reported by students, which can lead to intentional or unintentional errors. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA. Office of Institutional Development.