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ERIC Number: ED501336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Student Success Courses in the Community College: An Exploratory Study of Student Perspectives. CCRC Working Paper No. 11
O'Gara, Lauren; Karp, Melinda Mechur; Hughes, Katherine L.
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This study examines the Student Success course in two urban community colleges in the Northeast. Through analysis of student interview data, we find that the Student Success course helps students learn about the college, receive course advice, and develop stronger study skills. The course also acts as a catalyst for building important relationships with professors and peers that help students integrate into the social and academic fabric of the college. We also find that individual benefits that accrue from the course reinforce one another to create even greater outcomes that have long-lasting impacts. The Student Success course may therefore serve as a useful strategy in helping community college students persist and earn degrees. (Contains 1 footnote and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A