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Bers, Trudy H. – Community College Review, 2007
Arthur M. Cohen and his colleagues at the Center for the Study of Community Colleges have made significant and broad contributions to the scholarly literature and empirical research about community colleges. Although Cohen's interests are comprehensive and his writings touch on multiple issues associated with community colleges, his empirical work…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Research, College Curriculum, College Transfer Students
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Bers, Trudy H.; Smith, Kerry – Community College Review, 1988
Offers a case study of a focus group project involving unstructured, individual and indepth interviews with nontraditional community college students. Explains the theory of qualitative research behind focus groups, reasons for selecting this methodology, the process for conducting focus groups, and ways to deal effectively with atypical focus…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Focus Groups, Nontraditional Students, Qualitative Research
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Bers, Trudy H.; Smith, Kerry – Community College Review, 1987
Describes a study of the decision-making processes of nontraditional students at a public, suburban community college regarding the critical life incidents which preceded the decision to return to college, information used in searching for a college, and factors influencing college choice, as well as information about students impressions and…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, College Choice, Community Colleges, Decision Making
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Bers, Trudy H.; Smith, Kerry E. – Community College Review, 1990
Describes a study of the validity and reliability of a writing skills assessment test taken by 4,284 2-year college students in 1986-87. Assesses interrater reliability, influences of nonperformance factors (e.g., gender, native language, and form of test), predictive validity of test for future performance, and implications of findings. (DMM)
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Community Colleges, High Risk Students, Predictive Validity
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Bers, Trudy H.; Galowich, Pamela M. – Community College Review, 2002
Discusses a survey of community college students' parents, regarding their expectations from the college, their role in their child's college choice, and their observations following their child's first year. Reports that parents had high academic goals for their children but overestimated their academic abilities, and that the parents engaged in…
Descriptors: College Choice, College Preparation, Community Colleges, Decision Making