another article …

Posted on February 12, 2018

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http://educationnext.org/building-knowledge-improve-degree-completion-community-colleges/  This outlines a program done first in New York, then in Detroit; they then attempted to replicate it elsewhere.

Essentially, the original design provided all kinds of “wrap-around” services — including a bus pass.   The replication efforts were designed & executed by those schools because you can’t replicate New York in Ohio, and the article notes that it was challenging to provide the same level of “wrap-around” to address the multiple barriers.   (Here, that bus pass would make a big difference for lots of people *if* the class schedule were built with that in mind, which it could be with the ‘cohort’ model, and … at $84/year it would be… chump-change ;))

It notes that the initial effort “doubled the three-year graduation rate, from 22 percent to 40 percent. [7]    These results are exciting, but not unprecedented.”

Erm, 22 x 2 is not 40….  and it still means that over half of the students *did not* graduate.   While some of those students may have needed another semester or year, and others might have had their academic needs met w/o graduating, or moved out of the area or something else that wouldn’t represent “failure,”   we should keep aiming higher than that.

The ASAP program seeks to address multiple barriers to community college completion simultaneously. Students in the program must enroll full time in an Associate Degree program. They receive free tuition and textbooks as well as a MetroCard to access the city’s subway and bus system. They attend classes in cohorts designed to provide a sense of community, and are provided with frequent, personalized advising and (if necessary) tutoring.

 

I do, of course, wonder whether more emphasis on tutoring & skills would improve the results.   So many, many students have strategies that look like learning that disguise skills barriers.

The Learning Disabilities Listserver where I lurk is discussing the impact of law changes in California designed to accelerate students through remedial courses, noting that “concurrent support” for students w/ disabilities can end up being more, overwhelming work.

12 degrees this morning and only *probably* ice cleared from Saturday night’s hard glazing, so … on the bus.   Fire alarm and I couldn’t ride around in circles…

Another person posted they are trying to learn geogebra and they were told “use the tutorials and ask!”  Would love to know the data on how many people keep going with it…

Aslo!   I got the form link for the next Power in Numbers.   I’ve shared… I wish I cold find my copy of what I sent before ’cause lots of it is repeat.

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