ERIC Number: ED430229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Hard Work and Hard Data: Getting Our Message Out.
Glau, Gregory R.
Unless questions about student performance and student retention can be answered and unless educators are proactive in finding and publicizing such information, basic writing programs cannot determine if what they are doing is working. Hard data, especially from underrepresented groups, is needed to support these programs. At Arizona State University, for example, basic writing students take the "Stretch Program"--it essentially stretches English 101 over two semesters, giving the basic writing students more time. The "Stretch" students pass English 101 at a 6% higher rate than those who take "regular" English 101. Other basic writing programs are collecting and distributing these same kinds of hard data. For example, semester-to-semester retention is up 11% at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale), over 80% of their basic writing students pass the entire writing sequence at West Chester University. Placement data from Arizona State, detailed placement information from the last five fall semesters, detailed pass rate data, registration and pass rates, a graph of percentage of student population, pass rates for ENG 101-WAC 101 for the last five semesters, and pass rates for fall data are outlined, leading to several questions, especially about minority group students. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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