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Partnerships: Academic and Student Affairs. 25 th Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience February 26, 2006 Anne Arundel Community College. AACC Dilemma. Low retention of Black students Significant number of Black students placing in developmental courses

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Partnerships academic and student affairs

Partnerships: Academic and Student Affairs

25th Annual Conference on

The First-Year Experience

February 26, 2006

Anne Arundel Community College


AACC Dilemma

Low retention of Black students

Significant number of Black students placing in developmental courses

Poor study skills and habits

Limited college preparation and financial resources

Limited use and knowledge of academic support and college systems


History of partnership
HISTORY OF PARTNERSHIP

Black faculty and staff established the BSST in 2000 to:

  • Improve study habits

  • Provide a nurturing environment

  • Establish a mentoring system

  • Facilitate interaction between Black students

  • Monitor students while attending AACC


BSST MISSION

To create new and augment existing college-wide programs and activities at AACC to more effectively and expeditiously improve the success rates of the Black students.


Summer bridge program
SUMMER BRIDGE PROGRAM

  • A four-week rigorous academic review and college orientation program

  • Exposes students to study skills, career options and cultural venues

  • Establishes relationships and networks

  • Prepares students for the upcoming semester


Summer 2005 bridge program
SUMMER 2005 BRIDGE PROGRAM

  • 6 faculty taught 2 classes of English, reading and math

  • 18 college faculty made presentations

  • Over 70 students pre-register and 30-32 are selected

  • 32 students completed, earning one credit for “Student Success” course

  • Students rate the program value and effectiveness excellent to very good


Retention summer bridge students who were enrolled as of 2006 fall
Retention Summer Bridge Students Who Were Enrolled As Of 2006 Fall


Student achievement and success program
Student Achievement and Success Program

An innovative program designed to increase retention and facilitate collaboration by enhancing programs and services designed to meet the needs of first generation, minority and/or low income students



Individual mentoring component
Individual Mentoring Component

  • 30 faculty/staff

  • 31 students requested and were assigned individual mentors

  • Mentors meet with students informally 3-6 times each semester



Student and Academic Affairs Partnership

  • Purpose and Mission

  • Focus and Framework

  • Measurement and Effectiveness




Next steps
NEXT STEPS

  • Comprehensive First Year Experience including a “Thematic Learning Community”

  • Funding and Expansion

  • Determining Effectiveness

  • Application to Other Populations

  • Sharing Best Practices


Questions?Comments?


Thank You!

Lester S. Brooks, Professor, History

Penny L. Foster, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems

Carlesa R. Finney, Director, Student Achievement and Success Program

Terry M. Clay, Assistant Dean, Student Development and Success


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