Journal of Applied Research in the Community College

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, Fall

2008-2009 Annual Update: Journal of Applied Research in the Community College
Published IssuesDuring this past year, the Spring 2008 (vol. 15, no. 2) and Fall 2008 (vol. 16, no.l) issues were published. The Spring 2008 issue was a special topical issue on institutional effectiveness and assessment of student learning outcomes....
An Examination of the Use of Portfolios for Faculty Evaluation at Community Colleges
This study provides community college leaders with insights regarding how administrators and faculty members perceive faculty portfolios as an evaluation tool in two-year colleges. Utilizing a qualitative design, this study focused on perceptions of...
A Trend Analysis of Manufacturing-Related Program Graduates of Community and Technical Colleges: Great Lakes and Plains Regions
Manufacturers in the United States are struggling to recruit and hire high-skilled workers needed to maintain productivity and to compete globally. While the total number employed in the manufacturing sector is shrinking, the demand for high-skilled...
Challenges Inherent in the Assessment of the Impact of Prerequisite Courses
In this study, the different types of research designs used to assess the impact of prerequisite courses are presented. Supported by an indepth literature review, the challenges that are faced in the assessment of the impact of prerequisites, from statistical...
Factors Associated with Delayed Submission of the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid
This study presents the results of a survey of FAFSA applicants aimed at learning why some students delay their FAFSA application to the weeks and months just prior to college enrollment. The assumption is that an early FAFSA filer is more likely to...
Fostering Student Success: An Exploratory Study in English Writing Classes
Current research indicates that students often have a difficult time getting started on reaching their course goals. This study examines the impact of an intervention exercise on the final grades and success rates of two groups of community college students...
From the Editors
We are pleased to present a new JARCC issue. Included in this issue are articles by Andrew LaManque, "Factors Associated with Delayed Submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Assistance"; Frank K. Abou-Sayf, "Challenges Inherent...
NCCCRP President's Message
My first year of my two-year term as the President of the National Community College Council for Research and Planning (NCCCRP) has been challenging and educational. I've practiced "learning-by-doing" this year. Luckily, the NCCCRP Board members have...
The First Year Introduction Program as a Predictor of Student Academic Performance
This study hypothesized that student performance in a First Year Introduction program (FYI), representing an initial sampling of students' academic behaviors, would correlate with subsequent academic success. Subjects were 1,501 first-time, first-year...
The Use of Measurement Tools in Institutional Research
This article describes four measurement tools that are of potential value for institutional researchers as greater demands are being placed upon their work. The author describes scale development, select methods for setting passing scores, validating...
Use of Electronic Portfolios for Assessment
The following citations for research and resource materials focus on the use and effectiveness of electronic portfolios for assessment.IntroductionAn electronic portfolio is a collection of digital evidence that demonstrates an individual's intellectual...
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