ERIC Number: ED566386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 30
One-Shot Deal? Students' Perceptions of Assessment and Course Placement in California's Community Colleges
Venezia, Andrea; Bracco, Kathy Reeves; Nodine, Thad
There is substantial work being done--in California and nationwide--to develop college readiness standards; expand concurrent enrollment programs; communicate clearly about the key cognitive strategies necessary for postsecondary success (e.g., analytical thinking); improve student supports; and implement other approaches to improve students' postsecondary readiness and success. This report focuses on assessment and placement processes, pivotal pieces of this picture because they determine which level of courses students will be placed in when they begin community college. This study had two main purposes. One was to examine and describe the set of policies and practices that shape assessment and placement in California's community colleges. The other was to hear directly from students--whose voices are crucial yet generally missing in the policy process--about their assessment and placement experiences. The authors then compared the policies' supportive intent with the reality of the students' experiences--as well as with observations from counselors and matriculation officers--to draw conclusions about how the policies and practices may need to be adjusted. These findings add to a body of research showing that California's K-12 and community college systems are not currently structured to support successful transitions from high school to community college for a large proportion of students. An appendix presents the methodology used in this study.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Readiness, Student Placement, Student Evaluation, Educational Policy, Student Attitudes, Educational Practices, Interviews, Surveys, School Counselors, High School Students, Access to Information, Knowledge Level, Evaluation Methods, School Counseling, Counselor Role, Focus Groups
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.
Authoring Institution: WestEd
Identifiers - Location: California
IES Cited: ED546776