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ERIC Number: ED467460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-19
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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NOVA Gold: Building Skills for Success.
Miller, Ervinia; Narney, Pam; Hintz, Sue
Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), the third largest community college in the nation, is tackling the area's need for skilled workers. The number of jobs available in the northern Virginia region increased 103% in the last year. But there are substantial numbers of students at NVCC who are lacking the skills necessary to obtain employment in an information-based economy. The numbers of students enrolling at NVCC with sub-standard English skills are increasing. The average developmental English student at NVCC is white and under the age of 21. These students are equally divided between male and female. NVCC developed the pilot NOVA Gold program with three objectives in mind: to increase student success in the classroom, to increase retention of remedial language students through completion of their remedial program, and to give remedial students an early opportunity to achieve success that will boost student self-confidence. Follow-up research results indicate that ESL and developmental English students, especially males, need goal clarification, structure, and direction. ESL and developmental students both preferred one-on-one interactions with their teachers. Prior to the NOVA Gold program, retention from fall to fall for developmental students was 62.8%, and 67.0% for ESL. With the program, retention increased to 70.4% for developmental students and 82.1% for ESL students. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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