ERIC Number: ED494137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Reference Count: 4
Community College Management Practices that Promote Student Success. CCRC Brief. Number 31
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This brief summarizes a study by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) of community college management practices that promote student success. This study addresses the limitations of previous research on the effectiveness of undergraduate institutions in several ways. It takes advantage of a rich set of longitudinal student unit record data to control for the individual characteristics of the students that the colleges serve. Because the study is based on the outcomes of both full-time and part-time students, CCRC's measure of institutional effectiveness is better suited to community colleges and their students than is the National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) "student-right-to-know" measure commonly used by other studies. CCRC also measured student persistence in addition to completion and transfer, which is appropriate given that community college students often take a long time to complete their programs or to transfer. The sample is confined to all community colleges in a single state, thus eliminating the effects on institutional performance of variations in public policy and institutional mission, practice, and resources across states. While some previous studies examined only institutions considered to be high performers, CCRC directly compared colleges found to have a relatively high impact on the educational success of their students with colleges that have a low impact. Moreover, this study, unlike others, seeks to account for changes in colleges' policies and practices over time. (Contains 1 table.) [This study was conducted in partnership with the Florida Department of Education's Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Education.]
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Individual Characteristics, Public Policy, Persistence, Institutional Mission, Institutional Evaluation, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ccrc
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.