Increasing Awareness, Opportunity, & Success for Community College Transfer Students at Selective Research Universities University of Michigan, Ann Arbor NISTS Conference, January 26, 2011. Michigan – A Paradigm Shift.
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Greater campus-wide awareness of the talents of community college transfers
Improved relationships with community colleges
Part of the overall expansion of the institutional commitment to broad diversity, including socioeconomic diversity
Represents, in part, Michigan’s response to the 2003 Supreme Court landmark decision on affirmative action and the response to the 2006 anti-affirmative action ban in the state.
Building on the work of the original community college partnership called M-TIES – a single institution initiative.
The Number of InitiativeCommunity College Transfers Is Very Small at Selective Colleges
Source: Community Colleges as Gateways and Gatekeepers:
Moving Beyond the Access ‘Saga’ Toward Outcome Equity. Alicia Dowd.
2007 Harvard Educational Review Vol. 7 No. 3
- 3.5 GPA with 30 credits hours completed at the community college
- $1,500 non-renewable
- Honor society, volunteer or community service activities
- 3.8 GPA with 30 credits hours completed at community college
- $5,000 renewable
- One child, the award maximum is $2,015 per term.
- Two children, the award maximum is $3,020 per term.
- Three or more children, the award maximum is $4,030 per term.
New Prospective Community College Transfer Student Recruitment Brochure
New recruitment brochure for Native American high school and community college transfer students
U-M Travel Teams have visited 29 of the 31 community colleges in Michigan to meet with faculty, administrators and students. Here is an example of a multi-college meeting at one rural upstate community college that drew staff from 9 regional colleges.
Understanding The Star-Spangled Banner (Humanities)
Test Methods for Characterization of Asphatene Precipitation (Chemical Engineering)
Gene Therapy Development Using Transgenic Mouse Models (Medical School)
Parameter Space Analysis of Particle Physics Models Derived from String Theory (Physics)
Institutional Policies Determining Educational Access for Undocumented Students (Higher Education)
Pilot Study of Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy for Combat-related PTSD (Clinical Research)
Faculty Quotes Students:
EM-PULSE Community College Partners Engineering
UROP* (Undergrad Research)
Army ROTC* (T)
Taubman School of A & UP* (T)
★Increases in applications from largest, closest colleges. Stasis for smaller, distant colleges. Why?
7,000 Student Enrollment, Majority “Pell – El”
65% entering students place into Pre-Algebra
Less than 10% are Pre-Calc (College) Ready
68% pass out of Developmental math into Algebra (credit not counted toward degree
55% pass out of Algebra I
Achieving the Dream: Lumina/Kellogg funded, 6 commcolls, focused on low-income success
17 Students transferred to U-M in Fall 2009
Theories underline discrepancies – Jonathan Kozol’s“Savage Inequalities” – in K-12 preparation, college attendance and achievement for high-ability students from different socioeconomic & racial/ethnic backgrounds
Source: Economist Describes Missing Pool of Low-Income College Applicants. David Glenn. Chronicle of Higher Education. January 5, 2009
Study Methodology College
- Deployed April 2008
- 425 / 702 = 61% response rate
- $15 food voucher
- Aggressive follow-up strategy
- Convened July & August 2008
- Six mixed gender groups
- 45 participants
- $25 food voucher
Focus group thematic areas College
(300 single-spaced transcribed pages)
Jack Kent Cooke Recommendations College
Now it’s your turn!
For more information on the Michigan Student Study: www.umich.edu/~oami/mss
University of Michigan Community College Web Portal: