Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Administration and Supervision

First Advisor

Dr. Jeanette Seaberry


Student Affairs professional are continually faced with the challenges of student retention and academic progress. The learning community movement has been used in repose to these challenges. There are a variety of ways in which learning communities have been applied to the needs of each individual institution or program. The AIM for success program at Metropolitan Community College is a learning community that addresses the needs of at-risk students in need of developmental course work. This study explores the relationship the AFS 095, course offered at the South Omaha campus has on retention and academic progress. This course provides students with essential study skills and career exploration opportunities. The uniqueness of the course offered at the South campus is that a Counselor from Student Services teaches the course and heads the Learning Community team. This study supports that counselor involvement contributes to a positive relationship between retention and academic progress when the course is a part of the block of developmental courses.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Teacher Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Masters of Science in Reading University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2001 Kasey L. Barr