Classroom Research

August 2022
In 2012, the developmental reading faculty at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) began to take an honest look at their students’ grades. This introspection followed key changes in department leadership and faculty membership. The initial analyses uncovered three pertinent facts: (1) developmental reading faculty were not passing as many students as they thought they were; (2) students in the lowest level of reading were not persisting into credited courses; and (3) there was severe grade compression among the passing grades (i.e., most of the assigned grades were Cs with very few As...
August 2019
Those at Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) in Palos Hills, Illinois, believe that the measure of student success is best determined by the students themselves. With that in mind, the college’s Completion Commitment Committee implemented several initiatives, including a Retention Academy, to help students reach their goals. Student success can be completion of a degree, but it can also be completing a class or achieving a passing grade. “Of course, when we talk about completion, we want students to earn a degree, but that’s not the only way they are successful,” said Dr. Margaret Lehner...