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Basic Skills

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Narrative Summary: Overall Basic Skills

  • Total basic skills enrollments are up for 06-07 over 05-06, but are below the previous five year average.
  • Unduplicated count of basic skills students is up 5.5% over 2005FA and up 5.6% over previous five year average.
  • The percent of basic skills sections to all sections has been in decline
  • 2006FA retention rate (percent of students enrolled at census who persisted to the end of the semester) is the highest fall rate since before 2001FA.
  • Persistence rate from fall-to-spring for all basic skills students is at the highest rate since before 2001FA and is up 5.3% over 2005FA and up 4.4% over previous five year average.
  • In all basic skills disciplines, the fall retention rates are higher than the previous five year average; spring retention rates have remained fairly stable.
  • 2007SP retention rates by discipline show a decline for English Comp (ENGL-151A, ENGL-151B) and for Reading (ENGL-162, ENGL-163, ENGL-175, ENGL-176) compared to the previous five year average.
  • 2006FA success rates (percent of students getting a C grade or better) for all basic skills classes is at the lowest point since 2001FA.
  • 2006FA success rates by discipline show rates for Math, Reading, and Writing are below the previous five year average; 2007SP success rates for Reading and Deaf studies are below the previous five year average.
  • The success rate for ESL is up significantly.

Narrative Summary: Deaf Studies (DEAF-100s and 200s)

  • There has been a decline in enrollment for Deaf studies for the past two years; over 20% annual decline since 04-05.
  • Unduplicated students is down 27% from 2005FA and down 14.5% over the previous five year average; 2006FA was the lowest unduplicated number of Deaf students since 2002FA.
  • Retention rate for Deaf studies for 2006FA is 94.6%! So there are fewer students enrolled, but they are remaining to the end of the term rather than dropping out; and they are succeeding. 2006FA success rate is the highest since before 2001FA
  • 2006FA success rate for Deaf studies is 80.4%, but for 2007SP it is only 66.0%. For the past two years the spring rate has been less than the fall rate.
  • Fall-to-spring persistence rates are the lowest since 2003FA, down slightly (1.3%) from 2005FA but down 5.6% from the previous five year average

Narrative Summary: English Composition (ENGL-151A and ENGL-151B)

  • 2006FA enrollment in ENGL-151A and ENGL-151B was the highest in four years, but both 2006SP and 2007SP enrollments were down compared to previous spring semesters—probably because there were more sections in 2006FA than any time in the past four years and the fewest in 2007SP since 2004.
  • The unduplicated number of students enrolled is also the highest since 2002FA, up 13.2% from 2005FA and up 9.6% over the previous five year average.
  • Fall retention rates in Composition remain close to 80%, but 2007SP rate was down to 71.1%.
  • Success rates for Composition remain stable both from fall to spring and from year to year.
  • Fall-to-spring persistence rates (students in ENGL-151A or 151B enrolling the next semester in another English course) are, at 80.3%, the highest since before 2001FA, up 3.7% over the previous five year average.

Narrative Summary: ESL

  • The significant drop in both sections and enrollment in ESL classes can partially be explained by the combining two courses into one several times over. If you look at the WSCH generated by ESL in 06-07, it is up 23% over the previous five year average.
  • Unduplicated student count is up 9.1% over 2005FA but down 27.2% from five the previous five year average.
  • ESL retention rates for both fall and spring are well over 80%, and 2007SP rates are the highest for any spring semester since before 2002SP.
  • ESL success rates declined 2006FA, but the 2007SP success rate is the highest since before 2002SP.
  • Fall-to-spring persistence rate for ESL students (students in an ESL course enrolling the next semester in any other ESL or ENGL course) is the highest since 2002FA, up 3.2% over 2005FA and up 2.3% over previous five year average.

Narrative Summary: Reading (ENGL-162, ENGL-163, ENGL-175, and ENGL-176)

  • The significant decline in Reading sections can probably be explained by the switch to open entry/open exit. Enrollments have remained stable or increased even with the decline in section offerings.
  • Unduplicated students are up 1.8% over 2005FA.
  • Retention rate for Reading in 2007SP and the success rates for both 2006FA and 2007SP in Reading are at the lowest points since before 2001FA.
  • Fall-to-spring persistence rates (basic reading skills students enrolling in any course the next semester) are, at 73.3%, the highest since before 2001FA, up 3.3% over 2005FA and up 5.8% over the previous five year average.

Narrative Summary: Writing (ENGL-172 and ENGL-174)

  • The 90% decline in Writing sections is attributable to the open entry/open exit format.
  • Unduplicated enrollments are up 4.5% over 2005FA, but down 3.9% from previous five year average.
  • Fall rates for both retention and for success in Writing courses has been in decline for the past two years; spring rates are stable.
  • Fall-to-spring persistence rates (basic writing skills students who enroll in any class the following semester) are up 14.1% over 2005FA and up 3.1% over the previous five year average.

Narrative Summary: Mathematics (MATH-190 and MATH-151)

  • Spring enrollment in basic skills math has been in decline for three years and the 2007SP enrollment is the lowest it has been since before 2001FA.
  • Unduplicated count of basic skills math students is the lowest since before 2001FA, down 4.4% from 2005FA and down 8.6% from the previous five year average.
  • Basic skills math retention rates for both 2006FA and 2007SP are up; for 2006FA it is the highest since before 2001FA. However, 2006FA success rates are the lowest since before 2001FA.
  • Fall-to-spring persistence rates (math basic skills students who enroll in any math class the following semester) are the lowest since 2001FA, down almost 4% from both 2005FA and the previous five year average.

Narrative Summary: Learning Skills (ENGL-173 and all LSP)

  • Unduplicated count of students enrolled in learning skills classes is up 20% over 2005FA and up 62.2% from the previous five year average.
  • Fall-to-spring persistence rates (learning skills students who enroll in any course the following semester) is down slightly (3.6%) from 2005FA but up 16.8% over the previous five year average.