Evaluation of Essex County College’s STEM Learning Community
Evaluation of the implementation of changes to Essex County College's math education program.
From 2009 to 2011, the Heldrich Center conducted a process evaluation of the implementation of a change in Essex County College’s math education to add a recitation section to its first required math course (Algebra) that created a learning community in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The evaluation included interviews with staff, focus groups with students and tutors, and participant observation. The center produced several reports with timely feedback for the college. In addition to the process analysis, the center conducted a quasi-experimental evaluation of the effect of the learning community on student grades and retention in college and retention in math and science majors.