ERIC Number: ED474546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Viewing Evaluation as Innovation.
This document examines the Learning Communities Program (LCP) at Cerritos College, California. The author contends that, although some innovations work and others do not, the evaluation process is in itself an innovation and is essential to the innovation development cycle. Understanding and reporting program outcomes subsequently advances the development and acceptance of theory and practice. The authors evaluation of the LCP began with the specification of initial questions designed to address the following four program objectives: (1) expand and design student activities and services to increase student retention, persistence, and success; (2) increase student involvement with activities and services; (3) improve faculty involvement with students and learning communities; and (4) increase campus commitment to learning communities. The questions were open-ended. The evaluation was conducted in spring 2001; a total of 531 students were enrolled in learning communities in 2000-2001. Noteworthy findings of the evaluation are as follows: (1) 90% of the students in the LCP were from underrepresented groups; (2) the majority of students in LCP intended to transfer to earn a B.A. degree; (3) success rates in the learning communities were better than comparable courses in more than half of the 48 cases observed. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cerritos Coll., Norwalk, CA.