Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1992

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Randy Wallace

Second Committee Member

David N. Shorr

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


The relationship between attendance in a voluntary study group and persistence in college was studied at Tacoma Community College. A group of students entering with reading skills at the junior high school level was given the opportunity to participate in a study group focusing on study skill techniques and class content. At the end of eight months, the students who were involved with the study group had a higher level of persistence than students who did not choose to participate. While the number of persons in the study was small, it is consistent with earlier studies showing academic and social integration into postsecondary school settings can enhance a students persistence and college success.