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ERIC Number: EJ1084503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
The Impact of Learning Communities for Students in Developmental Education: A Synthesis of Findings From Randomized Trials at Six Community Colleges
Weiss, Michael J.; Visher, Mary G.; Weissman, Evan; Wathington, Heather
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v37 n4 p520-541 Dec 2015
Community colleges play a vital role in postsecondary education, enrolling more than one in every three postsecondary students. While their importance has grown over the past 50 years, their students' success rates remain low. Consequently, community college stakeholders are searching with mounting urgency for approaches that increase students' success rates. "Learning communities" are one popular strategy. This article describes the results of one of the largest (n ˜ 7,000) independent randomized trials in higher education history--an evaluation of the effectiveness of learning communities for students in developmental education at six community colleges throughout the United States. The estimated overall average effects of learning communities are positive, although quite modest.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Maryland; New York; Texas
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A100066