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Hoops, Leah D.; Yu, Shirley L.; Burridge, Andrea Backscheider; Wolters, Christopher A. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2015
Both community colleges and four-year institutions offer Student Success Courses (SSCs) to promote student engagement (self-regulated learning, SRL) and performance (grades, retention, and graduation). However, little work has been done to examine the holistic impact of SSC interventions or to determine which aspects of course curriculum most…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students, Grades (Scholastic), Academic Persistence
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Ferguson, Kristen; Brown, Natalya; Piper, Linda – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2014
This article reports on student surveys and faculty interviews with regard to a university pilot project of a common book program for first-year students. We found that a minority of students read the book and the book was integrated into only some faculty members' courses. First-year students varied in their perceptions of the impact the project…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes
Perin, Dolores; Bork, Rachel Hare; Peverly, Stephen T.; Mason, Linda H. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2013
Two experiments were conducted with developmental education students to investigate the impact of a contextualized intervention focusing on written summarization and other reading and writing skills. In experiment 1 (n = 322), greater gain was found for intervention than comparison participants on three summarization measures: proportion of main…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Price, Jodi; Lumpkin, Amber G.; Seemann, Eric A.; Bell, Diana Calhoun – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2012
Findings from prior research in various content domains have indicated that Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) attendees earned higher final grades than non-attendees. However, what makes PASS effective remains unknown; for example, PASS could improve short-term retention but hinder long-term maintenance of course content given that some methods…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Tests, Course Content, Retention (Psychology)
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Taylor, Judy M.; Rowe, Beverly J. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2012
Educators are always looking for ways to enhance the performance of students on outcome assessments. There is a growing body of research showing the benefits of music on educational performance. The purpose of this study was to determine if a "Mozart Effect" improves student performance on outcome assessments in mathematics. In this study, during…
Descriptors: Music, Mathematics Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Trigonometry
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Anderson, Trela; Kim, Ji Young – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2011
This article describes how Fayetteville State University's Reading Across the Curriculum (RAC) model developed for use with underprepared students can effectively improve the literacy and academic language skills of those students. The primary goals and objectives of the RAC program are to train faculty members from various disciplines to create…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Language Skills, Success, Models
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Reinheimer, David; McKenzie, Kelly – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2011
A cohort of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undeclared freshmen at a medium-sized university in Pennsylvania was used to study the relationship between tutoring and the retention rates and decision paths of undeclared students. Undeclared students who did and did not receive tutoring were tracked over four years to determine rate and…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Academic Persistence, Program Effectiveness, Tutoring
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Cooper, Erik – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2010
While tutoring as a whole has been demonstrated to improve student learning across a variety of subjects and age groups, there is little published evidence for the effectiveness of drop-in tutoring at the undergraduate level. This type of tutoring can be derided as homework help; however, it is clear from this study that students who made use of…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Peer Teaching, Academic Support Services, College Students
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Burchard, Melinda S.; Swerdzewski, Peter – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2009
The effectiveness of a postsecondary strategic learning course for improving metacognitive awareness and regulation was evaluated through systematic program assessment. The course emphasized students' awareness of personal learning through the study of learning theory and through practical application of specific learning strategies. Students…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Learning Strategies, Pretests Posttests, Program Effectiveness
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Fullmer, Patricia – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2009
This article summarizes the use of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis and subsequent action planning as a tool of self-assessment to meet CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) requirements for systematic assessment. The use of the evaluation results to devise improvements to increase the…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Tutoring, Tutorial Programs, Program Evaluation
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Moore, Randy; LeDee, Olivia – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2006
Although first-year students in Supplemental Instruction (SI) earned similar average numerical-grades in an introductory biology course as non-SI students, their grade distributions were different: SI students earned fewer D's and F's than non-SI students. SI students who earned A's and B's had similar admissions scores as those who earned D's and…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Biology, College Freshmen, Academic Achievement
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Budge, Stephanie – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2006
Research on mentoring in higher education is increasingly widespread. This article aims to provide insight into different kinds of mentoring programs and the research conducted to determine the effectiveness of these programs. A review of the literature revealed multiple definitions of what mentoring means, how programs operate, and types of…
Descriptors: Peer Teaching, Mentors, Higher Education, Program Effectiveness
Hendriksen, Sharon Ishiki; Yang, Lifen; Love, Barbara; Hall, Mary C. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2005
This article describes the developments in the assessment journey of a tutoring academic support program in a community college. The goal of our study was to determine if the Learning Center was doing what it said it was doing and what it could do to improve its services. Traditionally, the center had been evaluated on such accomplishments as…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Tutoring, Learning Centers (Classroom), Community Colleges
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Xu, Yonghong; Hartman, Stacey; Uribe, Guillermo; Mencke, Reed – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2001
Demonstrates that tutorial assistance, independent of variables of gender, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score, math placement level, and high school grade point average (GPA), had a significant effect on students' final examination scores in a mathematics course. Finds that math performance of the selected sample had a positive relationship to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Peer Teaching
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Upton, Thomas A. – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 1999
Provides a description and an evaluation of a transitional academic program designed to address non-native English-speaking students' language and learning needs as well as to help them integrate into the university. Notes that the program's success is reflected not only in strong student improvement, but in the collaboration of many university…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Higher Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness