Taking Courses as a Group Helps Community-College Freshmen Succeed, Study Finds

Learning communities—linked courses that enroll a common group of students and are paired with enhanced services—increase the academic success of community-college students, according to a new report. Learning communities' effect on student retention, however, was less clear.

The study, conducted by the nonprofit research organization MDRC, tracked the progress of freshmen at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, in Brooklyn, from 2003-5. Newly