ERIC Number: ED377928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
San Diego City College Title III Evaluation.
A study was conducted at San Diego City College (SDCC) in California to evaluate the college's Critical Thinking and Writing Center, one of the components of SDCC's comprehensive plan to improve student outcomes. Five indicators of student success were examined for two semesters using a student tracking system: retention, semester-to-semester persistence, success in English classes, percentage of units completed, and semester grade point average (GPA). During the second semester of tracking, a survey was administered to students attending the Center and to peer tutors to assess their evaluation of the Center's services. The fall 1991 findings indicated that the treatment group had significantly higher retention and persistence rates than the comparison group; was 3.5 times more likely to return to the Center for a second semester; succeeded more frequently in English classes; completed a higher percentage of units; and earned a higher mean semester GPA. The spring 1992 findings showed that students who returned to the Center were more successful than those who did not return in the following areas: retention and persistence; English class success; completed units; and semester GPA. The student and tutor surveys indicated that increases in the number of tutors, hours of operation, and physical space were desired. The survey instruments are included. (MAB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Outcomes Assessment, Community Colleges, Critical Thinking, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, Nontraditional Students, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Student Development, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego Community Coll. District, CA. Research and Planning.