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


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Author: Karp, Melinda Mechur

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Columbia University. Teachers College. Community College Research Center (CCRC)


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...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Providers of education and training; Students; Participation; Outcomes

Keywords: Community college; Academic persistence; Student retention

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: New York, New York: CCRC, 2011

Physical description: 38 p.

Access item:Ú_860.pdf&fid=332_860&aid=47&RID=860&pf=Publication.asp?UID=860

Series: CCRC working paper; no. 28

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 105.684

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