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Weissman, Evan; Cullinan, Dan; Cerna, Oscar; Safran, Stephanie; Richman, Phoebe – National Center for Postsecondary Research, 2012
Across the United States, community colleges offer millions of students an open-access, low-cost postsecondary education. However, of the students who enroll in community college hoping to earn a credential or transfer to a four-year institution, only about half achieve their goal within six years. For students who enter college needing…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Remedial Instruction, English Instruction, Remedial Reading
Weissman, Evan; Butcher, Kristin F.; Schneider, Emily; Teres, Jedediah; Collado, Herbert; Greenberg, David – National Center for Postsecondary Research, 2011
Queensborough Community College and Houston Community College are two large, urban institutions that offer learning communities for their developmental math students, with the goals of accelerating students' progress through the math sequence and of helping them to perform better in college and ultimately earn degrees or certificates. They are…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Urban Schools, Educational Research, Developmental Studies Programs
Visher, Mary G.; Weiss, Michael J.; Weissman, Evan; Rudd, Timothy; Wathington, Heather D. – National Center for Postsecondary Research, 2012
In 2006, the National Center for Postsecondary Research, of which is MDRC is a partner, launched a demonstration of one-semester learning community programs at six colleges; five of these programs focused on developmental education. This is the final report from the project and includes findings from analyses that pool data across these five…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Programs, Communities of Practice, College Students
Bement, Sarah A. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Transfer of learning is defined as the ability to transfer previously learned skills into a new, similar or dissimilar situation. The transfer of learning has been a topic of debate amongst educational psychologists for decades. A variety of studies have been done to show evidence of the transfer of learning dating back to 1901. These studies have…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Transfer of Training, First Year Seminars, Community Colleges
Emmerson, Janet Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2009
Student retention is a topic at the forefront for all post secondary education institutions. Supporting students in their studies, providing the resources to empower them to complete their education is a critical component in the quality and success of colleges. It is also a fiscal concern for colleges. While first year programs abound, community…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Community Colleges, Low Income Groups, Academic Persistence
Weiss, Michael J.; Visher, Mary G.; Wathington, Heather – National Center for Postsecondary Research, 2010
Over the last four decades, community colleges have played an increasingly important role in higher education. Today, community colleges enroll more than one in every three undergraduates nationally. Unfortunately, among students who enroll in community colleges with the intent to earn a credential or transfer to a four-year institution, only 51…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Program Effectiveness, College Outcomes Assessment, Institutional Characteristics
Rutschow, Elizabeth Zachry; Cullinan, Dan; Welbeck, Rashida – MDRC, 2012
Improving the success of academically underprepared students who are in need of developmental (or remedial) education is a key challenge facing community colleges today. Many of these students enter college with little awareness of these institutions' expectations or a clear model for how to make effective decisions about their academic careers.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Program Effectiveness, Two Year College Students
Patel, Reshma; Rudd, Timothy – MDRC, 2012
The passage of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which extended need-based financial assistance to the general population for the first time, has improved college access for American students, but more work remains to be done to improve college success. According to government statistics, in 2006, about one in six students had earned a degree or…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, Developmental Studies Programs, Program Effectiveness
Cabalo, Jessica Villaruz; Vu, Minh-Thien – Empirical Education Inc., 2007
The Maui Hawaii Educational consortium (the Maui School District and Maui Community College) sought scientifically based evidence for the effectiveness of the "Cognitive Tutor (CT) Algebra I Curriculum" to inform adoption decisions. Decision makers were particularly interested in whether the use of the "CT" program affects…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Program Effectiveness, Algebra, Community Colleges