ERIC Number: ED365384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Straightening the Pipeline: Helping Students Move More Efficiently and Effectively through the California Community Colleges.
Barr, Robert; And Others
In an effort to initiate discussion on how to promote student success in California's community colleges, and to suggest ways to remove barriers to students' educational progress, the Student Progress Task Force (SPTF) of the Community College League of California solicited information from students, faculty, administrators, and trustees. The SPTF gathered information on current strategies to support student progress; new strategies that would help remove barriers without spending more money or sacrificing quality; and resource persons, relevant literature, and programs offering additional ideas. Among the findings and conclusions of the SPTF were the following: (1) strategies to enhance student success fall into the four basic categories of matriculation; instructional support; student support; and tracking, intervention, and follow-up; (2) while a number of efforts to support student success were identified, few of the efforts have been effectively institutionalized and too few students receive the kind of support they require in order to succeed, primarily as a result of insufficient resources; and (3) suggestions from surveyed groups about strategies to improve student progress included improving the consistency of grading standards, providing in-service training to acquaint faculty with student support services available, and developing a better sense of community for students. A list of selected California Community College Fund for Instruction Improvement Projects, resource persons, and print resources; a copy of the SPTF questionnaire; and a list of colleges contacted are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Ancillary School Services, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, School Surveys, Student Development, Student Personnel Services, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community Coll. League of California, Sacramento. Commission on Educational Policy.
Identifiers: California Community Colleges
Note: Prepared by the Student Progress Task Force.