Required Tutoring Helped At-Risk Students More Than Voluntary Courses, Study Finds

April 7, 2009

Community college students on academic probation who were required to take "college success" courses were more likely to return to good academic standing than were those who participated in a voluntary alternative, according to a new study by MDRC. The study examined a pair of programs at California's Chaffey College; an initial set of probationary students showed little academic gain after being offered participation in a voluntary program that gave them access to courses aimed at improving their reading, writing and math skills, but a subsequent group of students participating in a program in which they were required to attend the classes earned more academic credits and were likelier to earn a GPA of 2.0 than were students in a control group.

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