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ERIC Number: ED538968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Boosting Degree Completion and Transfer Rates: An Examination of Counseling/Advising Using the Relationship-Based Model
Jefferson, Trevina
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The purpose of this pilot study was to explore another way to boost degree completion and transfer rates through helping students develop informed decision-making power; specifically, counseling methods in Los Angeles Community Colleges using the Relationship-Based model was examined. As part of this study, students would develop their research techniques to explore educational goals and options. These research skills would allow students to make informed decisions about their education and possible careers. This qualitative study primarily used a quasi-experimental, or convenient rather than random, sample of participants. A qualitative study is based more on observations and experiences rather than on statistics like in a quantitative study. As part of this qualitative research design, I used interviews to gather the perspectives of the focus group (students) and an influential group (counselors). The interviews consisted mainly of open-ended questions. The focus group consisted of 3 students that were going through the college counseling process. Questions for the students focused on their experience with counseling and skills they acquired to make decisions about their education. The influential group consisted of 3 counselors, including those in the transfer center. Results indicate that the Relationship-Based Model allowed students to be more active participants in achieving educational goals and better prepared for next steps. Additionally, results showed that the Relationship-Based model would be possible despite funding resources, ethnic heritage, or current academic achievement. Educators need to train faculty and staff in the Relationship-Based model to help students become active confident participants in their education and thereby see an increase in transfer rates and degree completion. Appended are: (1) Research Protocol: Counseling and Knowledge About College Student Interview; and (2) Research Protocol: Counseling and Knowledge About College Counselor Interview.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California