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This study examined the relative effectiveness of a first year learning community program at JWU, the Collaborative Learning Program (CLP), compared to the typical student first-year experience. We collected data from students enrolled in the CLP (n = 109) and non-CLP control students (n =116), and we compared end-of-semester GPAs, as well as scores on an assessment of student engagement, belongingness, and self-efficacy. Results indicated a significant difference in GPA, with the CLP students achieving a higher GPA at the end of Fall 2021 relative to controls, but there were no significant differences on the other variables.



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