'Learning Community' Programs Can Help At-Risk Students, Study Concludes

Community-college students who are low-income and academically unprepared appear to benefit from being placed in effective "learning communities" where they take classes together and can give each other support, according to a new study.

The study surveyed and tracked the progress of students at 13 community colleges around the nation, comparing about 1,600 low-income and unprepared freshmen who been placed in learning communities, taking remedial classes together, with nearly