Roxbury Community College:
Retaining Students in an Urban Community College
Treatments:
Participation in a 3-credit Learning to Learn course vs. 45 hours of subject-matter tutoring.
Three semesters after completing LTL, 70% of the former LTL students were either still at RCC or had graduated, as compared with 40% for students receiving subject-matter tutoring.
Replications
Six replications of this study with new student cohorts. In each of these replications, the controls maintained 40% retention rates 18 months after LTL or tutoring interventions; and LTL students were retained at a level of 80%.
In each comparison, experimental and control groups were equivalent in:
previous academic achievement,
scores on college entrance tests,
number and type of courses taken,
age, race, and sex.