SouthArk shows increases in developmental class pass rate, enrollment

Statistics provided during the latest South Arkansas Community College board of trustees meeting show significant bounds in the success of developmental programs, according to charts compiled by Stephanie Tully-Dartez, the director of institutional effectiveness and research.

In the last year, the number of students who have completed the upper-level courses of developmental math, writing and reading have increased over 2010 numbers by 10, 2.3 and 1.4 percent, respectively. These students have passed with a C or better in either two reading classes, two writing classes or three math classes.

For 2010, the numbers increased exponentially, according to Tully-Dartez’ numbers. In reading by 71.3 percent, in writing by 51.1 percent and in math by 12.4 percent passage rates.

Other data provided by the college demonstrates boosts in concurrent and secondary technical center education enrollment from the 2010 to 2011 school year by 9.1 and 3.5 percent, respectively.

Though the data notes a flat rate of enrollment in the adult education program, an asterisk points out that the measurement only accounts for students who enroll in the college the semester after completing their GED programs and doesn’t account for those that take a break.

The measures are part of a new request by the board that President Barbara Jones provide up to date information pertaining to her compliance with policies enacted by the board.

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