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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
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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
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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