ERIC Number: ED415744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
A National Review of Scholastic Achievement in General Education. How Are We Doing and Why Should We Care? ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report, Vol. 25, No. 8.
Osterlind, Steven J.
This report describes a study that examined the scholastic achievement of college students in general education. The study evaluated the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (College BASE) scores of 74,535 students who were tested between 1988 and 1993 at 56 institutions of higher education. The study found that: (1) overall, scores in English were significantly lower than scores in mathematics, science, or social studies; (2) females outperformed males in English, but males outperformed females in the other three subjects; (3) Asian students' achievement in mathematics was much greater than their achievement in the other subjects, especially English; (4) Hispanic students' achievement was highest in social studies; (5) Asian students outperformed all other racial groups in mathematics, whereas Caucasians outperformed all other groups in English, science, and social studies; and (6) Blacks/African Americans lagged far behind all other groups in each of the four areas assessed. The report begins with an introduction, followed by a detailed explanation of the College BASE instrument and the study methodology. Findings are reported both globally and for each subject by sex, ethnic heritage, class standing, and age. Fourteen tables and 15 figures are included. (Contains 71 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Asian Americans, Black Students, College Students, Criterion Referenced Tests, English, Ethnic Groups, General Education, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Knowledge Level, Mathematics, Racial Differences, Sciences, Sex Differences, Social Studies, White Students
ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite. 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183; phone: 800-773-3742, fax: 202-452-1844; URL: www.gwu.edu/~eriche ($24).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.