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ERIC Number: ED393517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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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)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American River Coll., Sacramento, CA. Office of Research and Development.