Teachers College, Columbia University
AYPF / NCPR Forum on Student Success Outcomes -- May 18, 2012Weighing the Evidence: A Conversation with Community College Presidents on Using Research to Support Student Success OutcomesA Forum Co-sponsored by the American Youth Policy Forum and the National Center for Postsecondary Research
While access to postsecondary education has expanded in recent decades, a large percentage of students entering community college are not adequately prepared for college-level work and must take developmental (remedial) courses in order to catch up. This forum will highlight a portfolio of new research on several promising strategies to help these underprepared students transition to college and ultimately advance to a degree. Broadly speaking, the experimental research suggests that short-term interventions can hasten students’ progress through developmental education and into college-level work, but the positive effects are often not large or long term. These findings are to be released this summer in several reports by the National Center for Postsecondary Research (NCPR), a partnership between the Community College Research Center, MDRC, the University of Virginia, and faculty at Harvard University.
Following an overview of the research, community college leaders on our panel will describe how they are applying the research to design more comprehensive programs and structured pathways which better support the students at their colleges.
Presenters will include: