WWC review of this study

Curricular learning communities and retention

Kern, B., & Kingsbury, T. (2019). Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1205230

  • Quasi-Experimental Design
     examining 
    565
     Students
    , grade
    PS

Reviewed: August 2021

No statistically significant positive
findings
Meets WWC standards with reservations
Progressing in college outcomes—Substantively important positive effects found
Outcome
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Comparison Period Sample Intervention
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Comparison
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Significant? Improvement
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Evidence
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Retention

Learning Community vs. Business as usual

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Full sample;
565 students

87.00

75.00

No

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Evidence Tier rating based solely on this study. This intervention may achieve a higher tier when combined with the full body of evidence.

Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • Female: 32%
    Male: 68%
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  • Race
    Black
    10%
    Other or unknown
    23%
    White
    67%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic    
    12%
    Not Hispanic or Latino    
    88%

Setting

The study was conducted at a regional public Masters-granting university in the United States, a university whose campus mostly serves commuter students.

Study sample

The sample had the following characteristics: 68% male, 67% White, and 10% Black. 12% of the sample were Hispanic.

Intervention Group

The intervention links several required business courses to be taken by freshmen business and economics majors. The first semester (i.e., fall 2016 and fall 2017) the learning community cohort links an introductory business course with a microeconomics course. The second semester (i.e., spring 2016) learning community links courses in computer skills and macroeconomics.

Comparison Group

The comparison condition is business as usual; students did not participate in a learning community.

 

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