Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Pamela Petty (Director), Brian Meredith, Barbara Burch, Lucile Maples, Daniel Super

Degree Program

School of Teacher Education

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Students who graduate from high school and receive a diploma believe they are indeed ready for a college education. What most of these students are not aware of is that many students enter into higher education underprepared for the rigors of college level coursework. There are support programs such as tutoring and intervention reading courses that have been created to combat this problem and further prepare students to handle college level work, specifically reading. This study evaluated the effectiveness of an intervention reading course in terms of student success and growth. Students participated in a semester long course and were taught many reading and comprehension strategies to use in and outside of the class. Students were also given the Nelson-Denny Adult Reading Test as a pre- and post-test measure of success in the intervention reading course. After collecting and analyzing data, statistics show that the intervention reading course does, in fact, have a positive effect on students’ vocabulary and comprehension growth.


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