ERIC Number: ED445721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-23
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of English 100 and Eligibility for English 100 as Potential Prerequisites for Speech Communication 1 and 2, Criminal Justice 1 and 2, and Fire Technology 1 and 2.
Explores English 100 eligibility and English 100 success prerequisites as enhancers of Cabrillo College (California) students' ability to succeed in Speech Communication, Criminal Justice, and Fire Technology. This study also tested for disproportionate impacts of the proposed prerequisites on ethnicity, gender, and disability groups. For all courses except Fire Technology, success rates significantly dropped as we moved from level 0, those who met no prerequisites, to level 1, those who just met English 100 eligibility. Increases in success rates were observed in all courses for those who just met level 2, successful completion of English 100, over success rates for levels 0 and 1. To experience increased success rates, at least successful completion of English 100 would have to be required. Unfortunately, this level of prerequisite would exclude one-third to one-half of all eligible students. A dramatic decline in enrollment would be the price of the modest increase in success rates achieved through an English 100 prerequisite. In addition, it appears that the imposition of a prerequisite at any level would exclude men, Hispanics, African-Americans, and Filipinos, and those with disabilities, especially learning disabilities, at higher rates than women, Whites, Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and mainstream students. This exclusion generally increases with prerequisite level. (VWC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cabrillo Coll., Aptos, CA.