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A Journal-Based Orientation Course as a Predictor Of Student Success at a Public Two-Year Technical College


Author(s): Zimmerman, A.

Citation: Zimmerman, A. (2000). A Journal-Based Orientation Course as a Predictor Of Student Success at a Public Two-Year Technical College. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 12(1), 29-43.

 

Abstract

Grades earned in an orientation course can serve as predictors of academic achievement, retention, and graduation. The orientation course is a one-credit, five-week offering which is required for all students enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science degree program at a small, public two-year technical college located on a university branch campus. The course is journal-based, and journals are the major factor in determining the course grade. The orientation-course grade is a better predictor of student success than high school rank and far superior to the ACT score. Since the orientation-course grade is known after only five weeks of academic performance, it can serve to identify students who may profit from very early and proactive intervention.

 

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