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Retaining Students in Community College Classrooms: A Student Success Model

Show simple item record Allen, Carmen Ray 2017-08-14T12:32:48Z 2017-08-14T12:32:48Z 2017-05-01
dc.description Thesis (Ed.D. in Community College Leadership)-- Ferris State University, Community College Leadership Program, 2017. en_US
dc.description This dissertation is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from pdf version of thesis. en_US
dc.description 117 pages. en_US
dc.description.abstract For the last decade, community colleges have been challenged by declining enrollment, reduced financial resources, and increased demand for accountability at national, state, and local levels, resulting in a need for enhanced focus on student retention and success. Community colleges are also challenged by competition at national and global levels as they struggle to meet the evolving demands of communities transformed by the information age. The retention research provided in this dissertation identifies abundant opportunities for higher education stakeholders to be more proactive in assisting students to complete their college goals. Students make critical decisions about their classes based on interactions with staff, faculty, and technologies being used. Learning expectations are evolving, along with the technologies used by current and future college students. With a stronger focus on the classroom, where students spend most of their educational journey, student success is more likely. Meaningful, thoughtful, and systematic solutions won’t happen quickly, but community colleges that focus more closely on the student experience and overall success more likely will thrive. This dissertation provides practical retention and success solutions targeting enhanced use of student data, heightened student engagement, and classroom performance monitoring. Specific technological and innovative strategies are also provided. The work concludes with an implementation model and recommendations for successful implementation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Ferris State University en_US
dc.subject Student retention. en_US
dc.subject Student engagement en_US
dc.subject Classroom performance monitoring. en_US
dc.title Retaining Students in Community College Classrooms: A Student Success Model en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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