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ERIC Number: EJ1057403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar-17
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Targeting Behaviors and Student Success: A Q&A
Frankfort, Jill; Maslin, Adrienne; O'Hara, Ross
New England Journal of Higher Education, Mar 2015
Across the U.S., an estimated 60% of incoming community college students require developmental courses to be ready for college-level work, according to estimates by experts. As these courses act as a gateway to further studies, those who fail are most often lost to higher education: Less than a quarter will earn a degree or certificate within eight years. Connecticut's Middlesex Community College, an institution serving approximately 3,000 students at locations in Middletown and Meriden, is using new approaches based on behavioral science to improve retention among all students, with a particular focus on students who have historically struggled to earn a degree. In the following Q&A, Jill Frankfort, co-founder of Boston-based "Persistence Plus," talks to Adrienne Maslin, dean of students at Middlesex, and Ross O'Hara, behavioral researcher at Persistence Plus, about issues facing community colleges in retaining underprepared college students and the potential offered by interventions that target psychosocial factors related to student success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut