ERIC Number: ED320479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Case Studies as a Supplement to Quantitative Research: Evaluation of an Intervention Program for High Risk Students. Air Professional File Number 35.
Peglow-Hoch, Marcia; Walleri, R. Dan
A case study approach was used to examine reasons for success and failure among high-risk students at a community college. The impact of academic and social integration was assessed in terms of success, as defined both by the students and by institutional standards. Two surveys of 563 first-time enrolled students in 1984 and a later follow-up of 173 of these students in 1987 indicated that an intervention program for high-risk students appeared to be effective, but more than half of the 1987 respondents still indicated they had not achieved their personal and academic goals. Twenty students, selected to represent a stratified sample of success, were interviewed. Students who were defined as successful by both college standards and self-report tended to report good relationships with other students, faculty, and counselors. In contrast, students lacking either college-defined or self-reported success reported few friendships positive for growth and lack of a strong relationship with at least one faculty member. It was concluded that success or failure was, in large part, based on: (1) the interactions between faculty and students; (2) the perceptions, attitudes, and values of the students regarding their experiences at the college; and (3) student goals and "intentions" for attending college. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Academic Persistence, Case Studies, Community Colleges, Failure, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Interviews, Peer Relationship, Social Integration, Student Attitudes, Student Attrition, Student Educational Objectives, Success, Teacher Student Relationship
Association for Institutional Research, 314 Stone Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-3038.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research.