ERIC Number: ED461399
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Preliminary Report on the Impact of Follow Up Counseling on Academic Performance and Persistence.
This study documents visits to a follow-up counselor at Gavilan College (California) beginning in the fall of 2000. Students on dismissal are required to visit a counselor prior to enrolling to assist them in designing an achievable academic plan. The goals of the follow-up counseling include: (1) helping students raise their grade point averages (GPA) above 2.0; (2) increasing the number of units a student is taking; (3) reducing withdrawals; and (4) encouraging re-enrollment in subsequent terms. The counselor saw 68 students in fall 2000 and 85 students in spring 2001, with 25 of these students being seen in both semesters. In fall 2000, 79% of students responded to outreach efforts with at least one visit, while in spring 2001, 66% of students responded. No significant relationship between number of visits and increased GPA was found. Also, the number of units attempted significantly declined from a median of 9.0 units to a median of 6.5 units after counseling. There was a significant decline in the number of drops per non-summer term after students received follow up services. Finally, when comparing the 2000-2001 persistence rates, the study found that students contacted by and visiting the counselor were statistically more likely to persist than other students. (NB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gavilan Coll., Gilroy, CA.