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ERIC Number: ED438005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Retention, Persistence, Success: Where Do Basic Skills and ESL Students Fit in Current Accountability Models?
Thomas-Spiegel, Joan; Patthey-Chavez, Genevieve; Dillon, Paul
Two California community colleges provided comparison data for a pilot study comparing basic skills and English as a Second Language (ESL) students in their progression through college English courses. The two colleges have different ESL populations, as well as different non-ESL populations. On the basis of demographic information and the complete transcript records from the district student information system, the authors assembled sets of basic skills student cohort databases. Using an SAS-based student tracking and research system, they investigated fundamental research questions about basic skills and ESL students: (1) Who are basic skills and ESL students? Are there clearly identifiable demographic and enrollment sub-group differences among them?; and (2) How do outcomes in basic skills courses affect the student pathways through the community college's English programs? The authors discuss the results of the pilot studies, as well as the tracking system and its applicability to institutional research. They developed a clearer picture of the different types of basic skills students, their academic aspirations, the barriers they face, what they actually accomplish, and how they go about it. They examined whether, and to what extent, basic skills instruction is a pathway to higher education for a large and growing number of community college students. (VWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California