The purpose of the Developmental Education Program at Southeastern Louisiana University is to provide a program to meet the needs of students who enter the University with inadequate school preparation. One major problem facing the entering college student is a lack of basic reading skills which hampers the student's ability to follow classroom presentations, read required materials, organize and summarize content information, and interpret examination instructions and questions. Student deficiencies in the area of reading include low word recognition, poor meaning vocabulary, inadequate reading comprehension and slow rate of reading. The other pressing problem is the students' lack of confidence in a competitive classroom setting caused by low academic skills and low self-concept.
Ferguson, A. M., & Bitner, J. (1984). Internal Motivation and Feelings of College Students in the Developmental Program. Reading Horizons, 24 (2). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol24/iss2/4