Academic journal article Community College Review

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Community College Review

Editor's Note

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This issue of the Community College Review includes three research reports and one scholarly essay. First, David S. Fike and Renea Fike draw on data from an urban community college to identity predictors of retention for first-time-in-college students. Their findings suggest, among other conclusions, that successfully completing developmental courses, especially developmental reading, was positively correlated with retention. In the next article, Miriam T. Goldstein and Dolores Perin analyze predictors of success in a content-area course that places high literacy demands on students. Like the study by Fike and Fike, results point to the positive impact of developmental courses, indicating that "initially underprepared students who completed developmental English did not perform differently from college-ready students in the content course...." The findings of both studies offer hypotheses about the impact of developmental coursework that can be tested in future analyses.

The next two articles turn to questions of leadership and administration. Marybelle C. Keim and John E Murray detail the educational backgrounds of the chief academic officers at a random sample of 300 community colleges, comparing their results with the findings of earlier studies. Their data offer insights into the characteristics of those who hold the position that is typically the springboard to the presidency. …

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