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ERIC Number: EJ924282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0091-5521
The Power of the Program: How the Academic Program Can Improve Community College Student Success
Nitecki, Elena M.
Community College Review, v39 n2 p98-120 Apr 2011
The challenge faced by all community colleges is how to increase student success, whether success is defined in terms of graduating with a degree or certificate, transferring, or retaining a job. With approximately 40% of the nation's undergraduates pursuing higher education through the community college (52% when one considers public institutions only; Snyder & Dillow, 2010, p. 284), this problem is a crucial one. This case study examines two successful career-focused programs at an urban community college struggling with retention. The findings show how these programs create a unique institutional subculture, resulting in relatively higher rates of retention and graduation, and highlight the tremendous potential of the program to mitigate limitations of retention efforts undertaken at the institutional level. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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