ERIC Number: ED414976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
A Critique of Clustering Techniques among Majors in College Programs.
Hilgendorf, Erik J.
A study at Crowder College (Missouri) found that clustering within majors may prove helpful in evaluating and implementing long-range planning for student retention and academic success. The study, which included nursing, athletics, and Environmental Resource Center (ERC) students, identified factors aiding academic success: demonstrative goals, encouragement towards graduation, groups working collaboratively, a "family unit" concept, shared classroom and training experiences, a network for alleviating transitional trauma, rigorous standards and routines, and obtainable and worthwhile rewards at the conclusion of their college programs. Most students entered the programs with average academic backgrounds, continued with a solid academic performance, and successfully graduated or received certification. Results from a participant survey indicated they were pleased with their Crowder education, with nursing and athletics students providing more positive answers than those in ERC. This discrepancy may be attributed to the fact that ERC students are not as cohesive and involved with each other as the athletes and nurses. Nevertheless, a control group of random students displayed poor performance and an extremely high attrition rate compared with the experimental clustered groups--a difference that supports the premise that greater cohesion among students promotes greater academic success. (YKH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Academic Standards, Community Colleges, Educational Objectives, Group Unity, Majors (Students), Peer Relationship, Performance Factors, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Success, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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