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.
The original, voluntary Opening Doors program did not meaningfully affect students’ academic outcomes.
In Enhanced Opening Doors, College Success course instructors were experienced and encouraged students to visit Success Centers.
Students consistently received extra counseling in the Enhanced Opening Doors program.
The program increased the proportion of students who moved off probation and achieved good academic standing.
An Holistic Approach
To address the needs of probationary students, the program linked college academic instruction and student services.
Statements & Quotations
It is notable that the program [Enhanced Opening Doors] generated positive academic outcomes for students on probation – a group that had faced substantial prior academic difficulties and was at great risk for not successfully continuing in college.
Given the documented positive relationship between attaining a postsecondary degree and higher earnings in the future, programs that might boost students’ chances of succeeding in community college deserve a close look. The Enhanced Opening Doors model described in this report is a promising example of one of those programs.
– Gordon Berlin, President, MDRC
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