ERIC Number: ED405905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Findings of the District English Program Evaluation Committee.
Price, A. Rae; And Others
In summer 1990, the English Department of the Metropolitan Community College District (MCCD) in Missouri conducted a self-study to determine whether the English program's subject matter, academic standards, and methods of instruction were consistent with objectives. An Evaluation Committee, consisting of three English instructors representing each of the three MCCD-member colleges, posed a series of nine research questions, requiring different methods of investigation. The study yielded a number of findings and recommendations, including the the following: (1) the effectiveness of the sequencing of English courses depends on clear exit competencies uniformly accepted throughout the MCCD; (2) the use of the Writing Skills section of the Assessment of Skills for Successful Entry and Transfer (ASSET) has improved placement in entry-level English courses; (3) clearly written summaries of course and assignment expectations, grading standards/assessment procedures, and attendance policies are needed, as well as a greater consistency in grading, tracking, and placement; (4) over 80% of transfer students to four-year schools who responded to a questionnaire felt that their English composition preparation had been excellent or satisfactory; (5) many students do not seem to transfer learning from English composition and reading classes to other courses or to their jobs; (6) grading consistency and course guidelines for composition and literature classes need to be established; (7) the training and assistance given to part-time instructors varies on each campus; (8) students responding to a questionnaire indicated a high level of satisfaction with MCCD literature courses; and (9) the effectiveness of computer assisted instruction in the English program is limited due to a lack of sufficient hardware and software and to inadequate communication between faculty and lab personnel. A short bibliography, data tables, and an essay evaluation scale are attached. (JSP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Community Coll. District, Kansas City, MO.