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ERIC Number: EJ1125990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1554-8244
Improving Success, Increasing Access: Bringing HIPs to Open Enrollment Institutions through WAC/WID
Kester, Jessica; Block, Rebecca; Karda, Margaret Reinfeld; Orndoff, Harold, III
Across the Disciplines, v13 n4 Dec 2016
Today, and historically, the presence of WAC/WID programs in the community college setting remains anemic when compared to Ph.D.-granting institutions. This fact is particularly troubling considering the AAC&U's research on high-impact practices and its correlation with WAC/WID theory and practice. This article empirically investigates the WAC/WID program at one open-access college--Daytona State College--to assess its viability in relation to student success and faculty development in a local context that includes an at-risk and/or historically underserved population. The findings show that students perform better academically in WAC/WID-redesigned courses, as measured by grade performance, regardless of ethnicity. Students also have statistically higher success rates compared to students in non-WAC/WID-redesigned courses. Finally, students qualitatively report having better experiences in those courses. Faculty members in WAC/WID-redesigned courses also experience improvements, most importantly increases in productivity and confidence in designing, implementing, and assessing writing assignments. This article suggests that WAC/WID programs in community colleges can be successful, but that institutional barriers remain.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
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