ERIC Number: ED410805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
National Study of Student Support Services. Third-Year Longitudinal Study Results and Program Implementation Study Update.
Chaney, Bradford; Muraskin, Lana; Cahalan, Margaret; Rak, Rebecca
This follow-up study, part of the National Study of Student Support Services compared the status of 2,900 disadvantaged students receiving student support services (SSS) since entering college 3 years earlier and 2,900 nonparticipating comparable students. Services offered varied among institutions but were all intended to help students stay in and graduate from college. Among key findings were the following: (1) SSS participation showed a small but positive and statistically significant effect on all three measures of student outcomes: grades, number of semester credits earned, and persistence in college; (2) average impact was small because most students received a modest amount of services; (3) size of impact depended on the degree of student participation in SSS; (4) estimated impact of SSS also varied based on which particular services were received; and (5)SSS effects were consistent across different subgroups of students. Among the supplementary services, peer tutoring received in the first year showed the most consistent positive impact on all three student outcomes. The report provides extensive detail on the study's methodology and findings. Appendices detail the sampling methodology, include the questionnaire used, provide literature review matrices, and analyze effects of nonrespondents on the study's findings. (Contains approximately 250 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, College Attendance, College Credits, College Outcomes Assessment, Colleges, Cultural Enrichment, Disadvantaged, Educational Counseling, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Participation, Peer Teaching, Program Effectiveness, School Holding Power, Services, Statistical Analysis, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Tutorial Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; SMB Economic Research, Inc., Washington, DC.