Tactics That Engage Community-College Students Get Few Takers, Study Finds

Tactics That Engage Community-College Students Get Few Takers, Study Finds 1

John Everett for The Chronicle

Desmond Lewis teaches a course on college- and career-planning skills at Houston Community College, where such courses are required for new students.

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John Everett for The Chronicle

Desmond Lewis teaches a course on college- and career-planning skills at Houston Community College, where such courses are required for new students.

For a high-school dropout with punctuation problems, enrolling in English 101 while catching up in remedial writing was a crucial opportunity. Halfway across the country, an 18-year-old freshman who skated through high school with a backpack full of loose papers learned to organize his notes in a five-subject binder.

Such "high-impact practices"—in those cases, fast-track remediation and mandatory study-skills courses—help community-college students become more engaged