ERIC Number: ED040713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jul
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Los Angeles City College Peer Counseling Program.
Ware, Claude; Gold, Ben K.
A student-counselor-assistant program was initiated at Los Angeles City College (California) in the fall of 1968. Its objectives included determining if these peer counselors could influence the academic success and motivation of socio-economically disadvantaged students to complete the 2-year program, and if they might ultimately help recruit youths into the program. Short-term program evaluation was carried out by comparing scholarship and persistence statistics for three groups: (A) the socio-economically disadvantaged students who received counseling by the student advisors; (B) a comparison group of socio-economically disadvantaged students who failed to respond to the invitation to be counseled; and (C) a comparison group of fall 1967 entrants. Results after the first semester of the program showed: (1) group A students persisted at a statistically significant higher rate (99 per cent) than did group B (81 per cent) and group C (88 per cent); (2) group A students performed at a higher academic level than group C students, and at an almost identical level with group B students (who had demonstrated a higher aptitude for college work on the entrance examination); and (3) 90 per cent of the group A students rated the program as good or excellent, as did 100 per cent of the student counselors. Results after the second semester revealed that subsequent persistence and academic performance effects are not as apparent after the first semester. [Because of marginal reproducibility of original, this document is not available in hard copy.] (JO)
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Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.
Identifiers - Location: California