High Impact Practices: Student Engagement and Retention (Discussion…
High Impact Practices: Student Engagement and Retention
Department and administrative aprroved to approach faculty and students teaching or registered in behavioural science department class.
Psychology and Sociology Classes
Four instructors have been assigned to four different learning community sections.
Reaching and communicating with immigrant and other “at risk” students
Communities are not for the world’s ill
Peer pressure and “group think” result in a watered down curriculum or plagiarism
Strategies of Pedagogical Design
Students' community-building turns into serious classroom management problems
Inability to relate Engagement Survey results with Classroom Observational Data and Individual student outcomes at the Individual level
Researchers hopes for better outcomes from the task matching data across sections with different modes of delivery at the individual student level
Ambitious efforts should never detract from the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research
Strategies that work for at-risk students generally work for all students at all levels
Creating communities of knowledge
Calculated risk-taking across cultural borders at every level
8% of students enrolled in learning community sections failed to complete the course compared to 28% of students enrolled in a regular section of the same course.
Course completion is much more obvious in the face to face classroom than average grades.
Learning community students are absent at a rate of 1.0 times compared to 3.9 students in standard delivery sections.
Absences in predicting the short term effects is demonstrated by the partial correlations.
In 2010, an estimated 13.7 million students enrolled in degree granting post-secondary institutions; The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects an increase to 20.6 million.
NCES : public community college students represent 34% of all U.S. undergraduates (Over half are dropouts)
Financial problem is a major obstacle to student's success
Community college student population consists largely of first generation college students, about 45% at the City University of New York
Theme problems, challenges, and special needs of the “at-risk” student population have been successfully addressed by learning communities, with embedded counseling services