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ERIC Number: ED482609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Engaging Community Colleges: National Benchmarks of Quality. Summary of 2003 Findings [and] 2003 Findings.
Texas Univ., Austin. Community Coll. Leadership Program.
This report introduces five national benchmarks of effective educational practice in community colleges. The benchmarks are: active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student faculty interaction, and support for learners. All address institutional practices and student behaviors that research has shows are important in promoting student learning and retention. Some of the key findings of the report are the following: (1) 64% of students actively participate in class discussions versus 36% who do not; (2) 31% of students have never made a class presentation; (3) 67% of full time students spend ten or fewer hours preparing for class; (4) 49% of students worked harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's demands; (5) 67% of students claim that exams are relatively to extremely challenging; and (6) 31% of full time students read four or fewer assigned textbooks or books during the school year. Students were questioned regarding Academic and Support Services and they ranked the following as areas that they are most dissatisfied with: (1) career counseling; (2) job placement assistance; (3) financial aid advising; and (4) transfer credit assistance. The goal of this report is to aid colleges improve programs and services for students. Contains numerous graphs and tables. (MZ)
Community College Leadership Program, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station D5600, Austin, TX 78712-0378. Tel: 512-471-6807; Fax: 512-471-4209; Web site:; e-mail: For full text of Summary: For full text of 2003 Findings:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Community Coll. Leadership Program.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Produced by Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Support also provided by the MetLife Foundation. Co-Sponsors are The Pew Forum on Undergraduate Learning and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For the 2002 Findings, see ED 471 535.