Enhancing Minority Student Retention and Academic Performance: What We Can Learn from Program Evaluations

Fleming, Jacqueline

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Synopsis: In this important resource, Dr. Fleming (a noted expert in the field of minority retention) draws on educational evaluations she has developed in the course of her distinguished career. This book analyzes the common factors and the role institutional characteristics play in minority student retention to show what really works in increasing academic performance among minority students and includes models of evaluations that describe successful programs that use statistical methods to verify outcomes.

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Enhancing Minority Student Retention and Academic Performance

Everyone agrees that the problem of poor retention and graduation rates are of increasing concern for all colleges and universities. At the heart of the matter is how to improve academic performance and encourage student success, especially for those students who historically have been underserved.

In Enhancing Minority Student Retention and Academic Performance, retention expert Jacqueline Fleming investigates what really works in promoting retention and increasing academic performance among minority students, and offers a clear picture of the common factors which lead to these outcomes, including the role institutional characteristics play. The book compiles and reviews fifteen program evaluations she conducted for institutions of higher education over the last two decades. She shows that data gathered from program evaluations provide an underutilized but invaluable view into a program's effectiveness.

The illustrative studies presented here are exceptional in that they challenge the preevaluation impressions held by stakeholders, provide unexpected insight, and suggest new areas for follow-up research.

Some of the conclusions from the evaluations include better school performance is associated with controllable managerial factors such as behaviors and attitudes; covert discrimination undermines the development of academic talent; students who receive adequate financial support achieve impressive heights of academic performance and research involvement; and learning communities can produce remarkable retention rates among the least academically prepared students. In addition, Fleming includes a list of possible program components that can enhance minority student performance singly or in combination.

Enhancing Minority Student Retention and Academic Performance supports the argument that an effective academic support program is an essential retention tool, and institutions with a strategic series of such programs can expect improved retention rates.

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