ERIC Number: ED471397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
What Works in the Community Colleges: A Synthesis of the Literature on Best Practices.
Bourdon, Carrie M., Ed.; Carducci, Rozana, Ed.
This paper offers a synthesis of 27 community college issues derived from recent books, journals, and ERIC documents. It presents single-page statements that each include a research finding, comments, and references. The findings are divided into nine topics: administration and governance, faculty, student achievement and persistence, curriculum and instruction, enrollment management, school/business relationships and partnerships, student service and intervention programs, vocational education, and community college life. The findings can be used by community college administrators, faculty, and staff to inform policy, pedagogy, and practice, and may also be useful to graduate students as an introduction to the literature on community colleges. Some of the highlights of the findings include: (1) faculty mentoring programs benefit both the individual and the college; (2) peer mentoring will become particularly important as large numbers of community college faculty move toward retirement in the next 10 years; (3) early alert programs have a positive effect on students' course completion and re-enrollment rates; (4) faculty members, counselors, or advisors should contact students at mid-point in the semester in order to address problems or barriers to academic success; (5) Limited English Proficient (LEP) students are more successful when instructional programs incorporate academic and cultural components. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education.
Note: Prepared by the Higher Education and Organizational Change Division.