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ERIC Number: ED308908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Student Retention within Targeted English Courses at Santa Fe Community College.
Hellmich, David M.
In spite of difficulties in analyzing student retention in community college programs and courses, certain facts about student attrition are known. First, students who drop out of class or school tend to have lower grades than students who persist. Second, the ability of students to drop in and out of community colleges at will has negative effects on the curriculum. Third, high attrition rates are evidence of a college's failure to socialize its students into the academic and social norms of the institution. Fourth, high attrition is likely to be associated with low faculty morale. Finally, for the many students who are ill-prepared for the academic rigors of college, withdrawal may be an appropriate action. Drawing from these assumptions, Santa Fe Community College's English Department developed a series of recommendations for a departmental retention plan to reduce high in-class attrition rates in introductory English classes. These recommendations stress that the retention program must emerge from the department as a whole and urge the department to: (1) instigate a thorough demographic analysis of student attrition within specific English courses; (2) augment the academic advising of targeted student populations; (3) examine methods of increasing student/instructor out-of-class contact without overburdening instructors; (4) draw upon the expertise of its instructors to gather pedagogical devices for enhancing student participation within the classroom; (5) integrate sections of the targeted course(s) with sections from other disciplines; (6) enforce a strict class attendance policy; (7) increase the number of honors courses in English; and (8) evaluate quantitatively and qualitatively the effectiveness of its retention program at the end of each term and formally present these results to the college administration. (JMC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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