ERIC Number: ED430639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental Education Trends in Washington Community and Technical Colleges. Research Report No. 98-1.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.
This report focuses on developmental education instruction for state supported students in Washington who lack the skills to perform college-level work, but have skills above the level of adult basic education. It describes overall enrollments, student characteristics, enrollments for subsets that have been identified through data matches, course effort, kinds of courses taken, and student success. Findings indicate that: (1) in any term, 17% of students are enrolled in at least one developmental course; (2) the typical developmental student is younger and more likely to be attending full-time to complete a degree than are all college students not enrolled in developmental classes; (3) students who receive federal or state financial aid or public assistance, and recent high school graduates, are more likely to take a developmental education course than are students in general; (4) among first-time college students, 33% were enrolled in at least one developmental course; (5) 46% of recent high school graduates attending college for the first time took at least one course; (6) developmental courses comprise about 10% of all state supported courses; (7) math is the area of predominant need in developmental courses; and (8) students who take developmental courses have higher retention rates than those who do not. The remainder of the document provides detailed statistics on enrollment, student characteristics, students receiving financial aid, course effort, and retention. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.