ERIC Number: ED466269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May-3
Reference Count: N/A
Student Average Academic Preparation: The Development of a College-Level Summary Measure of Student Preparedness for Academic Coursework.
Bahr, Peter Riley
The Board of Governors of California's Community College System, in executing California's Partnership for Excellence (PFE) Program, has recognized that the colleges operate within remarkably disparate social and economic environments, and that these differences include variation in factors that are likely to affect the performance of colleges on the predetermined outcome measures. The attempt to compensate for such disparities has resulted in an adjustment modeling process. Adjustment models are statistically derived equations that "adjust" for observed relationships between external variables and each of the PFE outcomes. This document describes the process the Chancellor's Office used to match college enrollment records against standard test results without the use of social security numbers or other unique identifiers. The subsequent Student Average Academic Preparation (SAAP) measure proved to be a significant and positive adjustment factor in three of the five PFE adjustment models, including basic skills improvement, course completion, and transfer. According to the paper, the SAAP represents a substantial step forward in the systemwide efforts to account for the disparate conditions affecting the performance of each of California's community colleges. (EMH)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Educational Environment, Performance Based Assessment, Research Methodology, Two Year Colleges
For full text: http://www.cccco.edu/divisions/tris/rp/rp_doc/rp2002_saap.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests