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ERIC Number: ED593990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
First-Year Student Support: Supporting High-Achieving First-Year Students at Public Two-Year Institutions
Alamuddin, Rayane; Bender, Melissa
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Drawing on a new, national survey of public institutions that serve two-year students funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and conducted by Ithaka S+R and Two Year First Year, this research brief describes the ways that these institutions do--and do not--support students during their first year of enrollment. It also highlights the extent to which these institutions specifically support high-achieving students. Given that almost half (49 percent) of new students begin their postsecondary education at a two-year institution, it is critical that these students' first year experiences are adequately supported. This brief answers two key questions: (1) To what extent and in what ways do institutions offer support to first-year students in two-year programs?; and (2) To what extent and in what ways are these supports tailored to the needs of high-achieving students? Specifically, the authors examine practices pertaining to the following five areas of support for first-year students: (1) First-year orientation; (2) First-year seminars; (3) Proactive advising and counseling; (4) Learning communities; and (5) Social support systems and networks. Appendix A describes the study's sample and survey methodology.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A