ERIC Number: ED348122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-29
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of New Probation Intervention Program at Harper College--1990. Volume XX, No. 4.
Lucas, John A.
A study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) in Palatine, Illinois, to evaluate the effectiveness of a new academic probation intervention program. Probationary students are those who are warned the previous semester but whose grade point averages (GPA's) still fall below 2.0 (4-point scale). Students on probation must participate in a success-oriented intervention program. The evaluation study was conducted of all 278 students who participated in the fall 1990 probation intervention program. Students' academic records were evaluated and a follow-up telephone survey was conducted. A total of 215 students were interviewed for a 75% response rate. Study findings included the following: (1) among students who participated in the program, 73% returned the following spring; (2) as a result of the program, 64% had a clear understanding of the probation system, 67% understood how GPA was calculated, and 84% were able to identify factors leading to low GPA; (3) 35% of respondents cited poor study habits and working too many hours as the primary causes of low GPA; (4) although 85% of respondents indicated that their counselor helped them develop a plan to improve their grades, 57% reported that they had not changed their educational goals, suggesting that intervention influenced work habits more than goals; (5) chief educational goals of respondents were to earn an associate degree for transfer (39%), to earn an associate degree (29%), and to transfer without a degree (15%); (6) students not returning after the intervention cited job responsibilities (35%), personal and family responsibilities (25%), and a need for time away to reset their goals (21%); and (7) non-returning students had achieved lower GPA's and were better able to cite the causes of low GPA than returning students. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Advising, Academic Failure, Academic Probation, College Credits, Community Colleges, Educational Counseling, Grade Point Average, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Educational Objectives, Student School Relationship, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.