ERIC Number: ED462105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Skills Tracking Study: English.
Santa Barbara City Coll., CA.
This document reports on a survey administered at Santa Barbara City College (California) to determine the effectiveness of its English basic skills classes. The survey was also designed to explore the intention of students taking these courses to continue in the course sequence, as well as discover the students' current and future educational goals. The survey examines five main areas: (1) students' successful completion of basic skills classes; (2) students' progress in completing English 110--the first college level English course at the community college; (3) students' success and persistence in completing the English curriculum sequence; (4) students' overall persistence/educational goal; and (5) students' successful course completion for 3 years after completing basic skills courses. A total of 1,350 (68%) out of 1,993 surveys were completed and returned. Results showed that a majority of students (more than 70%) who enrolled in basic skills courses successfully completed them. Students who were enrolled in basic skills courses also successfully completed the English college-level course within the 3-year tracking period. Results also showed that students with higher initial placement at the college were more likely to persist overall. The report includes 25 tables with data, and the appendix includes the survey instrument. (MKF)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Barbara City Coll., CA.