ERIC Number: ED356004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
College Success Course, Fall 1988. Research Note.
In spring 1988, Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC), in Palos Hills, Illinois, implemented "College Success," a course to increase student academic performance and improve college retention. Students in the course learned a variety of techniques to help them succeed in college, including note-taking skills, time management, memory techniques, listening and test-taking skills. In fall 1988, 73 students were enrolled in College Success. A study was conducted to compare their average grade point average (GPA) and return rate with those of a random sample of students who were similar in terms of gender, age, and full-/part-time status, and with all fall 1988 MVCC students. Study findings included the following: (1) 81% of the College Success student were enrolled in a transfer program, compared to 43% of the MVCC student population as a whole; (2) females and full-time students were also overrepresented in the College Success group; (3) there were no significant differences between the placement test scores of College Success students and the control group; (4) College Success students in general had slightly higher GPA's than the control group, while College Success students in the transfer program had a significantly higher GPA than the control group; (5) College Success students had a significantly higher return rate than the control group; and (6) a significantly higher proportion of College Success students were first-time students at MVCC. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Grade Point Average, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Characteristics, Student Improvement, Student Needs, Student Participation, Study Skills, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Moraine Valley Community College., Palos Hills, IL. Office of Institutional Research.