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ERIC Number: ED499357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1526-2049
Do Student Success Courses Actually Help Community College Students Succeed? CCRC Brief. Number 36
Zeidenberg, Matthew; Jenkins, Davis; Calcagno, Juan Carlos
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
Despite the prevalence of student success courses at community colleges, little research has been conducted on their effectiveness. The research described in this brief is an initial attempt to fill that gap. This brief thus reports the recent findings of an in-depth Community College Research Center (CCRC) study on the relationship between enrollment in student success courses and successful outcomes, including credential completion, persistence, and transfer. Using a large dataset on Florida community college students, researchers used statistical models to see if student success courses still appear to be related to positive outcomes even after controlling for student characteristics and other factors that might also influence the relative success of students who take such courses. This brief demonstrates that, at community colleges in Florida, enrollment in student success courses has a positive marginal effect on a student's chances of earning a credential. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.
Identifiers - Location: Florida
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Does Not Meet Evidence Standards
IES Cited: ED563392