Toward a new understanding of non-academic student support: four mechanisms encouraging positive student outcomes in the community college

This paper examines the ways in which academically vulnerable students benefit from non-academic support. By reviewing theories of student persistence as well as program evaluation literature, the author identifies four mechanisms by which non-academic supports can improve student outcomes, including persistence and degree attainment. Programs associated with positive student outcomes seem to involve one or more of the following mechanisms: (1) creating social relationships; (2) clarifying aspirations and enhancing commitment; (3) developing college know-how; and (4) making college life feasib ... Show more

Authors: Karp, Melinda Mechur

Corporate authors: Columbia University. Teachers College. Community College Research Center (CCRC)

Published: New York, New York, CCRC, 2011

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Physical description: 38 p.

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