ERIC Number: ED485506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Building Learning Communities Early Results from the Opening Doors Demonstration at Kingsborough Community College
Bloom, Dan; Sommo, Colleen
A postsecondary credential is becoming a prerequisite for admission to the American middle class. Community colleges, with their open admissions, convenient locations, and relatively modest cost, serve as the gateway to postsecondary education for many low-income and disadvantaged students. Unfortunately, many students enter community college with low basic skills and leave before earning a credential. In the Opening Doors project, MDRC and its research partners are working with six community colleges to test special programs designed to increase student persistence and achievement and, in the longer term, labor market success. Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York ? a fairly large college with a diverse student population that includes many immigrants ? is testing a program called Opening Doors Learning Communities. The program has served about 750 students. It targets freshmen, most of whom failed one or more of the reading, writing, and math skills tests that all incoming students must take.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: Atlantic Philanthropies; Ambrose Monell Foundation, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Grable Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; Open Society Inst., New York, NY. Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A