ERIC Number: ED452914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
A One-Room School for Developmental Studies.
Rauton, Jane T.; Foster, Donna H.
Piedmont Technical College's (PTC's) (South Carolina) service area is mostly rural and contains widespread illiteracy, weak economies, sparse education funding, large high-risk populations, and poor educational aspirations and attainment. By 1998, in an effort to provide greater access to its rural population and improve retention efforts, PTC had established six outreach centers. These centers offered developmental English, reading, mathematics, and college skills courses. However, initial student success, retention, and growth in enrollment were limited. Positing that the lack of continuity in part-time instructors did not foster instructor commitment to the college or students, PTC created a position for a "generalist" at two small rural centers, someone who could teach in all developmental content areas as well as admit, test, advise, and register new and returning students. The "one room school house" concept has proven to be the glue that has bonded the students, instructors, and administration. Students at the centers see commitment from the college, consistency in personnel and expectations, and connections between their courses. Retention has improved, instruction is more consistent, less administrative time is spent hiring and training instructors, and the learning environment has been enriched for students and teachers. (PGS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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