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ERIC Number: ED283438
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Impact of a College Learning Assistance Center on the Achievement and Retention of Disadvantaged Students.
Vincent, Vern C.
The impact of a Learning Assistance Center (LAC) program on the achievement and retention of disadvantaged students at a predominately Hispanic institution was evaluated over a two-year period. Tutoring was limited to freshmen and sophomores in the general subject areas of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and social studies. Trends for four semesters were compared for LAC and non-LAC students for 10 background variables. Students from the two groups were matched to examine overall and semester grade point average (GPA) as well as grade distribution percentages between non-LAC and LAC students. The retention rate for LAC students was 15.6% higher than for similar non-LAC students. It was also found that semester and cumulative GPAs of LAC students as compared to non-LAC"similar" students were essentially the same; and LAC students had a higher GPA in LAC tutored courses than non-LAC students for the same courses. Since LAC students performed better in their tutored courses and yet had the same GPAs as their similar counterparts, the results suggest that LAC students did not perform as well as their counterparts in nontutored services. This conclusion also implies that LAC tutoring assistance may not be transferable to other courses. (SW)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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