ERIC Number: ED100481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
A Comparative Study of the Persistence and Academic Achievement of "Project 60"& Regularly Enrolled Students at Middlesex Community College.
Lee, Glenda E.
The Project 60 group was an experimental group of 53 disadvantaged students who would not have been admitted to Middlesex Community College through the regular admissions procedures. They had a high school average of 1.7 and were largely below average in reading, math, and composition, both in high school grades and individual testing. Project 60 students participated in a special summer session of skill building, motivational aids, and counseling, before going on to regular college courses. A control group drawn from regularly enrolled students was matched with Project 60 students with respect to town of residence, age, and sex. The success of the Project 60 students was not too different from the regularly enrolled students. At the end of the second year, 45% of the regularly enrolled students had dropped out, compared with 55% of the Project 60 students. Thirty-nine percent of the regularly enrolled students graduated, compared to 15% of the Project 60 students, but 30% of the Project 60 group was still in attendance and intended to graduate. The academic achievement and persistence of both groups of students showed little relation to their high school records or to their scores on the ability test. A special summer session of skill building and motivational aids appears to give disadvantaged students a good chance for college success. (AH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Middlesex Community Coll., Bedford, MA.