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ERIC Number: ED382284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
AFFIRM Success Rates Compared to Success Rates of Other African-American Students in the Same Courses, Spring 1994. Research Report #862.
Project AFFIRM (African-American First Investment Return Module) was established at Evergreen Valley College in fall 1989 as a comprehensive academic and support program to help African-American students achieve their college transfer or associate degree goals. AFFIRM courses have the same content as traditional courses, but utilize non-traditional delivery and intervention strategies and are taught by culture-specific role model teachers. Supportive services include academic and personal counseling, tutoring, mentoring, economic literacy and self-esteem workshops, scholarships, and book and personal emergency loans. In spring 1994, 174 students were enrolled in 8 classes offered through the project: English Composition (English 1A); Fundamentals of Composition (English 104); Improvement of Writing (English 330); Introduction to Chemistry (Chemistry 30A); College Study Techniques (Guidance 95); Small Group Communication (Communication Studies 45); Special Topics (Guidance 137); and Algebra I (Mathematics 12). Compared to other African-American students taking the same courses, AFFIRM students had a lower success rate (40% versus 44%). AFFIRM students had a noticeably lower success rate than non-AFFIRM African-American students in Chemistry 30 (35% versus 100%), and a lower success rate in Communication Studies (36% versus 64%), Mathematics 12 (33% versus 46%), and English 330 (25% versus 41%). AFFIRM students did outperform non-Affirm students in English 1A (43% versus 33%) and Guidance 137 (63% versus 56%). In addition, over 8 semesters the total success rate for AFFIRM students in English 330 was 59%, compared to 52% for other English 330 African-American students. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: San Jose/Evergreen Community Coll. District, San Jose, CA.