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ERIC Number: ED400015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Evaluation of a Study Skills Class at Rochester Community College.
Mercer, Bonnie
In winter 1995, a study was conducted at Rochester Community College (RCC), in Minnesota, to examine the effectiveness of a study skills class (SS198). Specifically, the study sought to determine if the course met established criteria of retaining 50% of completers in good academic standing for 1 year, to compare retention rates to non-enrolled developmental students, and to gather feedback on the best and worst aspects of the class. Data were gathered from a literature review, a survey of students enrolled in winter 1995, and enrollment and grade point average (GPA) records from RCC's student information system. Study findings included the following: (1) 9 of the 20 developmental students enrolled in SS198 were still attending RCC 1 year later, less than the desired 50%; (2) these 9 students had an average GPA of 2.5; (2) of a sample of 20 developmental student who did not take SS198, only 4 were enrolled 1 year later; (3) these 4 students had an average GPA of 2.6, not significantly different from that of SS198 completers; (4) the elements of the course receiving the most favorable responses were the Internet topics, the variety of topics addressed, and the outside activities; and (6) the elements receiving the most negative responses were the Internet topics and the fact that the class met only once a week. Contains 25 references. The survey instrument and data tables are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
IES Cited: ED563392