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ERIC Number: ED466262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 24
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The Negative Commandments: Ten Ways Community Colleges Hinder Student Success.
Hagedorn, Linda Serra; Perrakis, Athena I.; Maxwell, William
This paper relies on data collected through the TRUCCS (Transfer and Retention of Urban Community College Students) Project, a 3-year, longitudinal and comprehensive study of the goals, success, and academic patterns of 5,000 community college students in urban Los Angeles, California. Researchers collected qualitative data on issues relating to student success through focus groups and developed a list of 10 negative operative principles found to be consistent among the interviews. The article offers 10 "commandments" for what community colleges should not do if they want to encourage student success: (1) do not allow untrained counselors without the necessary specialization to help students with specific career or college major questions; (2) do not neglect programs targeted specifically at transfer and retention; (3) do not view occupational programs as "second class"; (4) do not sustain unnecessary bureaucracy; (5) do not disconnect students from their campuses; (6) do not disregard technology; (7) do not offer an insufficient number of sections of basic English and math courses; (8) do not heavily rely on part-time faculty who hold sparse office hours and appear inaccessible; (9) do not discount the important role of campus architecture in student success; and (10) do not neglect job placement services and internships. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)