ERIC Number: ED451376
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-27
Reference Count: N/A
Transitioning GED and ESOL (ESL) Students into Community College. Rio Salado College ABE Transition Program, Fiscal Year 2000.
Harrington, Jeanne Belisle
In 1998, Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, established a transition program to help students in General Educational Development (GED) test preparation and English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages (ESOL) classes make a successful transition to community college. As of the end of the transition program's second year, it had developed into an ongoing, smooth-running program providing students with the support and services they needed for a successful first semester at Rio Salado College. The program faced and overcame several challenges, including finding better ways to recruit and retain GED students and increasing the selectivity of eligibility requirements for ESOL students. Program accomplishments in 1999-2000 included improving the network of college contacts, establishing a series of college preparedness workshops, and establishing an independent study program for ESOL students. As of September 2000, a total of 354 GED and ESOL students had enrolled in 574 classes, 86% of those students completed their classes, 84% of classes were completed, and 93% of those were passed (including 38% with an A). Plans for the program's future include further increasing the number of GED students transitioning into college; designing better assessment tools; and developing an improved data base and record-keeping system for tracking and reporting purposes. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Learning, Articulation (Education), College Preparation, College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Compensatory Education, Data Collection, Databases, English (Second Language), High Risk Students, High School Equivalency Programs, Hispanic Americans, Independent Study, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Networks, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Recordkeeping, Remedial Programs, Special Classes, Student Evaluation, Transitional Programs, Two Year Colleges, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rio Salado Community Coll., AZ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests