Santa Monica College Professional Development Day March 13, 2003. The Freshman Year Experience. Facilitating Student Retention and Success Esau Tovar, M.S. Retention Counselor.
Professional Development Day
March 13, 2003
Facilitating Student Retentionand Success
Esau Tovar, M.S.
Without systematic intervention, students at-risk will perform poorly or dropout from college within their first year of attendance.
Community college students are more prone to dropping out.
Freshman to Sophomore Dropout Rates By Institution Type
Source: ACT Institutional Data Questionnaires 1999
Two-Year Public 47.5
Two-Year Private 30.1
BA/BS Public 33.3
BA/BS Private 28.6
MA Public 30.5
MA Private 24.0
PhD Public 23.5
PhD Private 16.4
National 32.6Scope of the Problem
Don’t say it. Do it!
Boylan, Bonham, & White (1999)
Models and Practices
Unstructured perform poorly or dropout from college within their first year of attendance.
IntegratedLearning Communities Models
Freshman Interest Group perform poorly or dropout from college within their first year of attendance.
Goal: To create a small academic learning community in a large college setting
Offered as triad of courses and discussion group/seminar based on a theme
Example of FIGLearning Communities Models
Individual & Group Correlates of Gender
Sociology of Gender
FIG Discussion Group
Predictive Modeling Approaches