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I also use the "On Course" text for my academic recovery course (we call it Transitions) and I am very happy with the results.  I am surprised when several of my students last semester told me they liked the book so much they were not going to sell it back, but wanted to keep it to continue working from it.  This is only the second semester I am offering the course, and we are looking at their semester GPA, as well as how many are off academic probation.  We are comparing this group to students who are participating in other retention initiatives for probation students.

Pat


Pat Scheib
Academic Skills Specialist, Academic Support Services
Adjunct Faculty, School of Integrated Studies
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Williamsport, PA 17701-5799
570-326-3761, x7575


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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Holly M. Andress
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Subject: Re: Assessment/ Textbook for Academic Recovery

We use "On Course" by Skip Downing - Houghton Mifflin.  For assessing
the course, we do a Pearson correlation between their grade in the
course and their grades in the rest of their classes for that semester.
The rationale is that if they can master the material in their academic
success course and apply it to their other courses then there should be
a positive correlation.  We also keep track of the percent of students
who are able to get off of academic probation.

Holly M. Andress
Quincy University
Coordinator of Learning Support
Francis Hall 135
 (217) 228-5432 ext. 3353
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Subject: Assessment/ Textbook for Academic Recovery

Hello,

I'm in the process of implementing a course for students attempting
academic recovery at The University of South Carolina.  Right now I'm
trying to find a method of assessing the effectiveness of the course as
well as a useful text.  If anyone has any ideas I would greatly
appreciate your input!

Cara Coleman
U. of South Carolina
STAR (Students Tackling Academic Recovery) Graduate Assistant
803-777-4192
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