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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
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
VonHandorf, Teri A. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
The purpose of this mixed-methods participatory action research study was to explore the impact of learning communities on students enrolled in the lowest level of developmental math at a two-year college. The learning community consisted of twenty-three students who were enrolled in both a student success course (GEN102) and a developmental math…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Mathematics Instruction, Remedial Mathematics, Developmental Studies Programs
McIntosh, Joshua Grant – ProQuest LLC, 2012
This study examined the impact of basic skills curricular learning communities on academically underprepared community college students to determine if participation in such programs significantly contributed to student persistence from year one to year two. The conceptual framework that informed this study was Tinto's (1993) longitudinal model of…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Basic Skills, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges
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Barnes, Randall A.; Piland, William E. – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2011
This investigation was a case study to measure the retention and persistence effects of a learning community in developmental English at an urban community college. The study used student demographic and course outcome data to quantify the extent to which learning community participation could contribute toward remedying the historically low…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students
Edgecombe, Nikki; Jaggars, Shanna Smith; Baker, Elaine DeLott; Bailey, Thomas – Community College Research Center, Columbia University, 2013
Originally designed for students who test into at least two levels of developmental education in a particular subject area, FastStart is a compressed course program model launched in 2005 at the Community College of Denver (CCD). The program combines multiple semester-length courses into a single intensive semester, while providing case…
Descriptors: Educational Planning, College Credits, Developmental Studies Programs, Career Exploration
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Popiolek, Gene; Fine, Ricka; Eilman, Valerie – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2013
This study extends and makes unique methodological contributions to research on the impact of learning communities (LCs) on community college students. Much of the previous research was short-term, lacked adequate comparison groups, and focused on four-year college students. This four-year study controlled for instructor-related variables by…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Communities of Practice, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence
Cho, Sung-Woo; Kopko, Elizabeth; Jenkins, Davis; Jaggars, Shanna Smith – Community College Research Center, Columbia University, 2012
This paper presents the findings from a follow-up quantitative analysis of the Community College of Baltimore County's Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). The results suggest that among students who enroll in the highest level developmental writing course, participation in ALP is associated with substantially better outcomes in terms of English…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Acceleration (Education), Basic Writing, Writing Instruction
Hughes, Katherine L.; Rodriguez, Olga; Edwards, Linsey; Belfield, Clive – James Irvine Foundation, 2012
In 2008, The James Irvine Foundation launched the Concurrent Courses initiative to make dual enrollment programs--which allow high school students to take college courses and earn college credit--available to low-income youth who struggle academically or who are from populations historically underrepresented in higher education. This work advances…
Descriptors: College Credits, Dual Enrollment, High School Students, Disproportionate Representation
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Xu, Di; Jaggars, Shanna S. – Journal of Higher Education, 2014
Using a dataset containing nearly 500,000 courses taken by over 40,000 community and technical college students in Washington State, this study examines the performance gap between online and face-to-face courses and how the size of that gap differs across student subgroups and academic subject areas. While all types of students in the study…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Technical Institutes, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap
Zeidenberg, Matthew; Cho, Sung-Woo; Jenkins, Davis – Community College Research Center, Columbia University, 2010
To increase the rate at which adult basic skills students advance to and succeed in college-level occupational programs, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) developed the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training, or I-BEST. In the I-BEST model, a basic skills instructor and an occupational instructor team…
Descriptors: Technical Institutes, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Labor Market