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ERIC Number: ED507824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Promoting Gatekeeper Course Success among Community College Students Needing Remediation: Findings and Recommendations from a Virginia Study (Summary Report)
Jenkins, Davis; Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Roksa, Josipa
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This report summarizes key findings and recommendations from a Community College Research Center (CCRC) study designed to help community colleges develop strategies for improving the rate at which academically underprepared students take and pass initial college-level (or "gatekeeper") courses in math and English. CCRC conducted the study at the request of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to inform the system's strategic objective of improving retention and academic success for their students, particularly the large number of students who arrive unprepared for college-level work. The study examined student characteristics, course-taking patterns, and other factors associated with higher probabilities that students who require remediation will take and pass math and English gatekeeper courses. A detailed report on the study (Roksa, Jenkins, Jaggars, Zeidenberg, & Cho, 2009) is available on the CCRC website. Although the study was based on an analysis of students in Virginia's community colleges, the patterns of and reasons for student success in gatekeeper courses may well be common to many community colleges. Moreover, the analyses CCRC conducted as part of the study might serve as useful models for other colleges and state systems interested in analyzing patterns of progression and success. This paper is intended to stimulate discussion and inquiry among community college educators seeking to improve degree completion rates for the many students who come to them poorly prepared to succeed in college-level work. (Contains 10 figures.)
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: Virginia Community College System; Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center
Identifiers - Location: Virginia