Predicting community college student success by participation in a first-year experience course

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Andy Franklin Gardner (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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John Habel

Abstract: A first-year experience is a collaborative effort of many initiatives, with varying names that have the greatest impact on student success during the first year of college. A first-year experience course, a feature of the first-year experience, is an intervention program designed to increase student academic performance and integration (Braxton & McClendon, 2002; Karp, 2011; Pascarella & Terenzini, 2005; Reason, Terenzini, & Domingo, 2006; O’Gara, Karp, & Hughes, 2009; Tinto, 1975; Tinto & Pusser, 2006). An examination of a current intervention program, a first-year experience course, will provide community colleges with evidence a first-year experience course has on student and institutional success, as measured by academic performance, retention and graduation rates. This study will extend the current body of knowledge on the first-year experience, by examining the relationship between enrolling in a first-year experience course during the first year of college and student success.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Academic Performance, College Freshmen, First-Year Experience, First-Year Seminar, Graduation, Student Retention
Community college student development programs -- North Carolina -- Evaluation
Community college students -- North Carolina -- Evaluation
Community college dropouts -- North Carolina -- Prevention

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