ERIC Number: ED411901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Remedial/Developmental Education in the Illinois Community College System: Scope, Cost, Structure, Outcomes, and Policies.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
In response to the increased need for remediation, the Illinois Community College Board conducted a study examining the scope, cost, structure, outcomes, and policies of the remedial/developmental education in the Illinois Community College System. Findings indicated an increase in enrollment in remedial/developmental coursework, with math requiring the most remediation, due in part to the reclassification of intermediate algebra and geometry from college level to remedial level. The majority of students are young minorities. Students are placed through referrals and placement tests, and must be assessed for basic skills. The majority of remedial/developmental instruction is integrated into the academic departments, with a combined lecture/learning lab approach and computer assisted instruction. Opportunities for students to improve skills are most widely available on college campuses, through adult education courses generally offered separately at community colleges. More restrictive enrollment policies are advisable for students scoring at the lowest levels in more than one area, or students with reading deficiencies. Study results indicated widespread utilization and success of remediation programs. Implementation strategies for effective remediation policies include student assessment, facilitation of academic progress of remedial students, and providing information on adequate academic preparation. Appendices include data tables with the survey results and a description of placement testing used by Illinois Community Colleges. Contains 31 references. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.