ERIC Number: ED418609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Academic Support Programs on Student Performance and Persistence.
Borden, Victor M. H.; Burton, Kathy L.; Evenbeck, Scott E.; Williams, Gayle A.
Research Brief, v4 n4 Feb 1997
This edition of Research Brief examined the impact of five specific academic support programs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on college student performance and persistence: ARCHE, a tracking and monitoring system for at-risk students; Student MAP was developed to assist students who place in the lowest level reading remediation class; Learning Communities, which links a first-year experience course with an entry-level discipline course; Horizons Workshops, which gives poorly performing students a second chance; and student mentoring, in which groups of students collaborate with a trained student mentor. The study found that: (1) students in ARCHE performed at levels similar to those not participating in the program; (2) the Student MAP program appears to have increased the performance of all students placed in the program; (3) the Learning Communities program, which has evolved considerably over several years, shows signs of having a positive impact on student performance and persistence; (4) the Horizons Workshops have had a dramatic effect on retention, but the program does not appear to have affected grade performance in any significant way; and (5) the student mentoring program has had the most impact on students, raising student performance by as much as one-half a grade on average and increasing student retention by as much as 15 percent. (MDM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ., Indianapolis.
IES Cited: ED563392