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ERIC Number: ED522631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 89
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
Breaking New Ground: An Impact Study of Career-Focused Learning Communities at Kingsborough Community College
Visher, Mary G.; Teres, Jedediah
National Center for Postsecondary Research
Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York, is a leader in the learning community movement. The college, which has run learning communities for many years and has a long history of implementing innovative programs for its students, is one of six colleges participating in the National Center for Postsecondary Research's Learning Communities Demonstration, in which random assignment evaluations are being used to determine the impacts of learning communities on students' academic achievement. This report presents findings from an evaluation of Kingsborough's unique Career-Focused Learning Communities program, the latest iteration in a series of learning community models designed and implemented by the college. It consisted of two courses required for a specific major and a third course called the "integrative seminar" that was designed to reinforce the learning in the two other courses and to expose students to information about careers in their selected major. The key findings presented in this report are: (1) Kingsborough's learning communities program model was sophisticated and ambitious relative to the typical model in its offer of three rather than two linked courses and its focus on integrated curricula; (2) Start-up problems during implementation kept the program from achieving a "steady state" during the demonstration; (3) For the sample as a whole, the program did not have meaningful impacts on the educational outcomes that were measured during the semesters in which students enrolled in a learning community or on outcomes measured in the following semester; and (4) For students who had recently transferred from another college, the program had a modest but positive impact on credits earned during the semester in which the program ran. Findings from the Learning Communities Demonstration reports that have been released to date generally show that learning community impacts, when they occur, tend to be modest and concentrated in the semester in which the learning communities are run. However, a fuller understanding will be gained as findings are released from the remaining two colleges in the demonstration. In addition, a final report, including further follow-up findings, will be released in 2012. Supplementary Tables are appended. Individual chapters contain footnotes. (Contains 14 tables, 1 figure, and 1 box.) [This paper was written with Phoebe Richman. For "Breaking New Ground: An Impact Study of Career-Focused Learning Communities at Kingsborough Community College. Executive Summary," see ED522634.]
National Center for Postsecondary Research. Teachers College, Columbia University, Box 174, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED); Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Ford Foundation; Lumina Foundation for Education; Robin Hood Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center for Postsecondary Research (ED)
Identifiers - Location: New York
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A060010