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Windham, Melissa H.; Rehfuss, Mark C.; Williams, Cyrus R.; Pugh, Jason V.; Tincher-Ladner, Lynn – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2014
Close to half of all community college students leave before obtaining their stated goals. In order to determine what student characteristics increase community college student retention, with a heightened interest on the predictive nature of taking a student success course, a post-facto quasi-experimental study was conducted to determine whether…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Student Characteristics
Houchen-Clagett, Denise A. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Retention rates at a southeastern community college declined to approximately 26% between 2009 and 2012. This decline in student success may indicate a problem with programs intended to help retain students. To promote student retention, the participating community college has recommended that students complete a college success course as part of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Success
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Tampke, Dale R.; Durodoye, Raifu – Learning Communities: Research & Practice, 2013
Undecided undergraduate students are often considered to be "at risk" for lower academic performance and lower retention rates than students with declared majors. First-year seminars and learning communities are two interventions the retention literature suggests can enhance the success of at-risk students. This paper summarizes the…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, First Year Seminars, Academic Achievement, Success
Ashley, William J. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Hinds Community College (HCC) engaged in a study that produced the transitional program. This program was in response to high rates of attrition of the college's freshmen classes because of poor academic performance. This dissertation evaluated the effectiveness of the transitional program's main component-the learning community created by placing…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Transitional Programs, Student Attrition, College Freshmen
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Bliss, Carolyn; Webb, Jeff; St. Andre, Mark – Journal of General Education, 2012
This article reports the results of a quantitative matching study investigating the impact on first-year students of a two-semester learning community. Results indicate a statistically significant association between LEAP participation and academic performance measured by retention, GPA, and time to graduation. Participation was associated with…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Henriques, David I. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of learning communities for underprepared first-year students. The topic was examined by synthesizing data collected on a cohort of first-year college students participating in a "developmental" (special admittance) program. A quasi-experimental design evaluated the effectiveness of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, College Freshmen, Developmental Programs, Quasiexperimental Design
Bandyopadhyay, Pamela – ProQuest LLC, 2010
This study examined the effects of two types of course delivery systems (learning community classroom environments versus stand-alone classroom environments) on the achievement of students who were simultaneously enrolled in remedial and college-level social science courses at an inner city open-enrollment public community college. This study was…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Focus Groups, Academic Achievement, Transfer of Training
Chaney, Bradford W. – Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, US Department of Education, 2010
This is the final report of the National Evaluation of Student Support Services (SSS). SSS is one of eight federally funded grant programs that are administered as part of the Federal TRIO Programs within the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The SSS program, in particular, focuses on students while they are enrolled in college. In general, SSS…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grants, College Outcomes Assessment, Outcomes of Education
Bringle, Robert G.; Hatcher, Julie A.; Muthiah, Richard N. – Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 2010
Retention of college students is a priority of all colleges and universities. This research investigated whether or not student enrollment in a service-learning course in the fall semester of college was related to (a) intentions to stay on that campus, based on self-reports at the end of the semester, and (b) re-enrollment the following fall on…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Enrollment, Academic Persistence, College Freshmen
Tharp, Terri J. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
This study investigated the impact of learning communities on the academic success of university students at-risk of academic failure. The effects of learning communities (LC) at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) on cumulative GPAs, retention rates, and earned cumulative hours of students with ACT sub-scores of 17 or 18 in math who were…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, State Colleges, At Risk Students, Academic Failure
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Lee, Donghyuck; Olson, Elizabeth A.; Locke, Ben; Michelson, Sandra Testa; Odes, Eleonora – Journal of College Student Development, 2009
For this study, we examined the relationship between counseling experience and college students' academic performance and retention in a sample of 10,009 college freshmen and transfer students. The results indicated that counseling experience is significantly associated with student retention: students receiving counseling services were more…
Descriptors: Counseling Services, College Freshmen, Academic Achievement, School Holding Power
Vinson, Terence LeRay – ProQuest LLC, 2008
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between participation in the Summer Bridge Program, grade point averages and retention of first-year college students. Additionally, this study examined the differences in grade point averages of college students after their first semester and first-year of college with regard to their…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Summer Programs, Grade Point Average, School Holding Power
Salinitri, Geri – Canadian Journal of Education, 2005
In this two-year study, we evaluated a formal mentoring program by examining the retention rate and program satisfaction of first-year university students who volunteered to participate. Mentors were Intermediate/Senior preservice teacher candidates, invited to take an additional credit class relating to Teacher Advisor Programs in Ontario…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Holding Power, Experimental Groups, Preservice Teachers
Schoen, Harold L.; Cebulla, Kristin J.; Winsor, Matthew S. – 2001
The level of preparation for college entrance tests, university mathematics placement tests, and beginning college mathematics courses was studied for students who completed the Standards-oriented curriculum "Contemporary Mathematics in Context" (A. Coxford, J. Fey, C. Hirsch, H. Schoen, E. Hart, B. Keller, and A. Watkins, 2001), the…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, College Freshmen, College Preparation, Curriculum