How To Design A Community College First-Year Course That Fosters Persistence & Success
First-year courses have been popular (and often required) at four-year institutions for many years. Community colleges, on the other hand, have only recently started offering first-year courses and in most cases, these courses do not always resemble the models offered at 4-year institutions. Many community college faculty and leaders can attest to the challenges faced by community college students including the lack of academic skills necessary for college-level coursework, outside responsibilities such as full-time employment or caring for dependents, and general lack of coping skills necessary to pursue academic goals when faced with barriers, real or imagined. The challenges presented by many community college students increase the likelihood of not successfully completing academic courses and dropping out of college altogether. The effect of non-success for community college students is problematic for the student but has larger implications for society regarding unemployment rates and jobs left unfilled due to a lack of unskilled employees available.
Community college first-year courses may look very different depending on the needs of the students, outcomes identified by the institution, and knowledge or experience of faculty or professional staff responsible for developing courses. The support offered by many community colleges for academically underprepared students includes the normal remedial courses and perhaps courses that stress study skills, test-taking strategies, or time management. While these skills are essential to success in college and are commonly referred to as student success courses, first-year courses focusing on holistically developing the student including these concepts may not be as common. Whether community colleges have traditional student success classes or actual first-year courses, the data surrounding the effectiveness of these courses on persistence and academic success are also lacking, making it hard to justify continuing such courses in light of decreasing funding and low enrollment nationally.
This webinar will focus on the history of FY courses in higher education and various models found in colleges today with an emphasis on community college courses. One community college model will be described, including the research conducted that supported the effectiveness of the course concerning student persistence and academic success.
- Discuss the history of FY courses in higher education, including the various models used today
- Describe the benefits of implementing a community college FY course
- Explain the development and implementation of one model of an FY course at one large urban community college
- Brainstorm methods to document student success for an FY course
- Share ideas for best practices
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Dean of Instruction
- Department Chairs
- Student Services/Affairs
- First-Year Experience Coordinators
- Any educator interested in the First-Year Experience
“The success of community college students is vital to individual students, community colleges as institutions, and the nation. First-year courses are one of many strategies that can improve the odds for success!”
Judy Kronenberger is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College in Ohio. She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Dayton, completing her dissertation Student Success: The Effects of a Community College First-Year Course, in 2012. Dr. Kronenberger taught community college students for more than 15 years before going to the University of Cincinnati where she continues to teach first-year students.
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