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In general, four- and two-year postsecondary institutions are guided by disparate sets of best practices for student success. Still, both types of institutions seek to improve student persistence rates. This may be particularly important for Maryland higher education, as more students attend two-year than four-year postsecondary institutions. How these institutions create conditions for student success appears to differ based on leading best practices put in place by these schools, which are based on recommended professional benchmarks. Not much appears to be known about the impact of implementing "Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs" at a two-year Maryland Champion College. This study sought to examine the implementation of Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at a two-year Champion College in Maryland. Champion Colleges commit to "Learning College" concepts as articulated by the League of Innovation in Community Colleges. Qualitative methods were employed in this study; the research design was based on case study traditions, using triangulation techniques to gather and analyze data. The data was collected from 25 participants from the Champion College under study, including educational staff, administrators, faculty, students and alumni. The grand tour research question was "How does a Maryland Champion College implement Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs to enhance student success in college?" Sub-set research questions were based specifically on the Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs. The major finding of the study revealed the institution under study integrated Learning College principles and Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs to impact student success, persistence, and learning and development. Taken together, integrating these disparate principles at Maryland Champion Community College (MCCC) appears to have better elucidated student learning and development at this institution. The major recommendation is an "Integrated Student & Academic Affairs Model for Student Success," which is based on the findings of this study.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781243525277
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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