ERIC Number: ED229075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Retention: Locking the Revolving Door.
Ramirez, Kevin M.
Student attrition in community colleges has high financial costs for the institutions and high psychological costs for both students and instructors. In order to deal with attrition, it is necessary to examine the sort of interventions which motivate students to stay in classes, rather than accepting attrition as an inevitability. A major factor contributing to student retention is teacher effectiveness, which is heightened by good organization, unambiguous objectives, high expectations and positive regard for students, encouragement of participation, and feedback. At Sacramento City College, a split-section approach has been implemented in some introductory courses to deal with student diversity and increase retention. This approach involves the development of adjunct teaching materials by a reading specialist; assessment of student reading abilities in the first class session; dividing students in courses which have been over-enrolled into two groups on the basis of their reading scores; and applying a mastery learning methodology. This method has contributed to a decrease in attrition rates and an increase in reading skills. Other interventions helpful in reducing attrition include student homogeneity in terms of learning skills; concern and intrusiveness by instructors; structured learning environments; modeling successful learning skills; and creative curricular approaches, such as interdisciplinary team teaching. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Developmental Education (10th, Santa Clara, CA, April 4-6, 1983).