ERIC Number: ED296761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Addressing Retention through an Orientation Course: Results from a North Campus Study. Research Report No. 87-24.
Belcher, Marcia J.; And Others
In 1984-85, Miami-Dade Community College's (MDCC's) North Campus developed a one-credit orientation course (SLS 1101) to provide students with information and college-level skills before they encounter problems. A study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of SLS 1101 in reducing attrition and increasing grade point average (GPA) over the course of a year. The study population (N=2,008) included all North Campus students who enrolled for the first time in fall 1985 and reported plans to pursue an associate degree, whether they enrolled in SLS 1101 (N=1,145) or did not (N=863). Study findings included the following: (1) in comparison to students who did not enroll in SLS 1101, the SLS enrollees were more likely to be U.S. Black non-Hispanics of traditional college-going age taking fewer than 12 credits and seeking an associate in arts degree; (2) in fall 1986, 67% of the SLS students were still enrolled at MDCC, compared to 46% of those who had not taken the course; (3) re-enrollment rates were consistently higher for the SLS students whether the comparison with non-SLS students was based on ethnicity, gender, number of credits taken, degree sought, or citizenship status; (4) at the end of the first semester, 68% of the SLS enrollees and 56% of the non-SLS students had GPA's of 2.0 or higher; however, by the end of the first year the gap between the two groups had narrowed to 60% vs. 56%; and (5) 75% of the SLS students felt they were more likely to survive at MDCC because of the course. The SLS 1101 syllabus and evaluation form are appended. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.