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Psychology Professor's Research Focuses on At-Risk Students

West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College Associate Professor of Psychology Professor Heather Jennings, Ph.D., was a presenter at the Tri-State Best Practices Conference in April, hosted by Bergen Community College. She discussed the results of the research she conducted to identify predictors of academic success for at-risk community college students.  The project included data collected from 400 MCCC students enrolled in foundations-level English classes.

According to Jennings, among the most important factors contributing to success in remedial English classes are students’ pre-test placement scores in reading, their level of academic confidence, the degree to which they are engaged in campus life, and their own prediction of their final grade. 

Dr. Jennings notes that these findings are significant as colleges continue to focus on strategies that will help at-risk students stay in school and successfully complete their programs of study. Among the recommended approaches for bolstering student success are increasing student preparation for the Accuplacer placement test, developing an early warning system to identify those most at-risk of failing, and providing more intensive advising services for students identified as high-risk.

Heather Jennings, Ph.D., MCCC associate professor of Psychology

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