Santa Monica College Professional Development Day March 13, 2003. The Freshman Year Experience. Facilitating Student Retention and Success Esau Tovar, M.S. Retention Counselor.
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Community college students are more prone to dropping out.
Freshman to Sophomore Dropout Rates By Institution Type
Source: ACT Institutional Data Questionnaires 1999
Two-Year Public 47.5
Two-Year Private 30.1
BA/BS Public 33.3
BA/BS Private 28.6
MA Public 30.5
MA Private 24.0
PhD Public 23.5
PhD Private 16.4
National 32.6Scope of the Problem
Don’t say it. Do it!
Boylan, Bonham, & White (1999)
Models and Practices
Goal: To create a small academic learning community in a large college setting
Offered as triad of courses and discussion group/seminar based on a theme
Example of FIGLearning Communities Models
Individual & Group Correlates of Gender
Sociology of Gender
FIG Discussion Group
Predictive Modeling Approaches