Learning Frameworks

Institution
State
Texas
Academic Level
Associate
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
First Year Support

Overview

Learning Frameworks (PSYC 1300) is a 3-credit hour, college-level, transferable student success course. This course is designed to provide students with the academic and personal skills needed for college success. After the initial success of the program,  all first time-in-college students at Brazosport College are required to take this course.

Program Description

In response to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s call for institutional creativeness in addressing student achievement gaps, Brazosport College developed a Quality Enhancement Plan that included the development and implementation of a student success course called Learning Frameworks. Retention, success of students, and goal attainment directly relate to the targets set for Brazosport College as part of the Closing the Gaps Initiative and the Learning Frameworks course has had a positive impact on the success of thousands of students, including high school students, developmental education college students, as well as industry employees.

Outcome

This program has been highly successful in increasing Latino student success. During the last three years, students who successfully completed Learning Frameworks were nearly 30% more likely to stay enrolled in college than students who did not take the course. The success rate for Latino students enrolled in Learning Frameworks in developmental English courses was 10% higher than students who did not complete the course. Even more noteworthy is that the achievement gap between Caucasians and Latinos been not only been narrowed, but with the help of this course, Latinos are now outpacing the success of their Caucasian counterparts.