ERIC Number: ED251754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Reducing Attrition through Student-to-Student Study Skills Instruction and Guidance.
Forristall-Brown, Dorothy Z.; Brown, William F.
This report describes a learning assistance program at Lamar University, Texas, designed to improve study skills and decrease attrition among college students through the use of peer counselors. The objectives of this two-credit, non-remedial course are discussed, and the material covered in the 18-week course is described, by week, in Table 1. Training for upperclassmen selected as peer counselors is discussed, and the academic schools enrolling the counselors during its 7-year history are listed in Table 2. The instructional materials used to train peer counselors are listed in Table 3, and core training skills and job specific training are outlined. The course enrollment data for students and peer counselors are detailed in Table 4, while the number and percent of students who pass and fail, and the number of drops and incompletes are listed in Table 5. The enrollment status 4 years later for the 163 students passing the course in the fall of 1978 is listed in Table 6, while the Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, retention rate, and probable attrition rate of these students are given in Table 7. The overall success of the program in improving students' learning skills and in improving retention rates is discussed. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: EXXON Education Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Houston, TX, March 18-21, 1984).