Teachers College, Columbia University

Student Success Courses in the Community College: An Exploratory Study of Student Perspectives

By Lauren O'Gara, Melinda Mechur Karp & Katherine L. Hughes

This study examines a student success course in two urban community colleges in the Northeast. Through analysis of student interview data, the authors find that the student success course helps students learn about the college, receive course advice, and develop stronger study skills. The course also acts as a catalyst for building important relationships with professors and peers that help students integrate into the social and academic fabric of the college.

Additionally, individual benefits that accrue from the course reinforce one another to create even greater outcomes that have long-lasting impacts. The authors conclude that the student success course may serve as a useful strategy in helping community college students persist and earn degrees.

This article was published in the Community College Review, vol. 36, no. 3.