ERIC Number: ED393517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Beacon PAL: Peer Assisted Learning Project Update [and] New Beacon Outcomes! Research Briefs, Number 11, January 1996.
McCuen, Sharon; And Others
In spring 1992, American River College (ARC), in California, began a Beacon College project to involve students in the life of the college through the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) program, involving semester-long, collaborative study groups in selected math and science classes. These two reports describe project outcomes for 1995 and as of January 1996. The first report provides a 1995 project update, describing the project focus, reviewing 1992-94 outcomes, and discussing changes made in the program after first-year evaluations. This report also provides outcomes for the 1994-95 academic year, indicating that the course success rate for all Beacon students at ARC and Sacramento City College was 87.7%, compared to 54.8% for non-Beacon students. The report from 1996 describes outcomes for all students participating in the PAL project at ARC and includes the following data: (1) for all 3,002 students who took PAL courses, 887 also participated in the collaborative study groups; (2) these PAL participants had a success rate of 86.6%, compared to 55.2% for the 2,115 non-participants in the classes; and (3) while English placement assessment scores were not significantly different for participating and non-participating students, both success and persistence rates were higher for participating students. Data tables are included. (TGI)
Descriptors: College Mathematics, College Science, Community Colleges, Cooperative Learning, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), High Risk Students, Learning Activities, Outcomes of Education, Peer Teaching, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student College Relationship, Tutorial Programs, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American River Coll., Sacramento, CA. Office of Research and Development.