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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
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