Getting Back on Track

Effects of a Community College Program for Probationary Students

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Kresge Foundation

April 1, 2009


This report examines the findings of an evaluation of two community college programs – Opening Doors and Enhanced Opening Doors – at Chaffey College in Southern California. Analysis indicates that students who were required to take the College Success course as prescribed in the Enhanced Opening Doors program were more likely to be moved off of academic probation.

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Key Takeaway

Required Participation Leads to Academic Success

At Chaffey College, the Enhanced Opening Doors program – which requires participation – was shown to improve students’ academic outcomes. The program increased the number of credits earned, the proportion of students who earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher and the proportion who moved off probation.

Findings & Stats

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