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Helping new students along their higher education journey keeping them on track

Helping New Students Along Their Higher Education Journey: - - - Keeping Them on Track - - -

Betsy Barefoot, EdD

40th Anniversary AIHEC Conference

August 9, 2013

Santa Fe, New Mexico


What we share

What We Share

  • A belief in the value of higher education


From high school to and through college

From High School to and through College

Some students ride an express train

through college – in and out in two or

four years.

Many students are on a much slower

train that makes lots of stops or

sometimes gets derailed.


Helping students maintain their momentum

Helping Students Maintain their Momentum

The Twenty-Hour Rule

  • Bachelor’s degree earners by 2000 who graduated from high school in 1992

    • Of students who earned 15 – 19 credits hours in the first calendar year, 35% earned bachelor’s degrees.

    • Of students who earned 20 or more credit hours in the first calendar year,78% earned bachelor’s degrees.

      Source: NCES: NELS:88/2000 Postsecondary Transcript Files


Bachelor s degree earners in 2000 by number of credits earned in summer terms 1992 h s grads

Bachelor’s degree earners in 2000 by number of credits earned in summer terms (1992 h.s. grads)

Source: NCES: NELS:88/2000 Postsecondary Transcript Files


Students who stay on track

Students Who Stay on Track

  • Higher-level socioeconomic status

  • Strong pre-college preparation

  • Females

  • Full-time students

  • Students who work no more than 20 hours/week

  • Students who have a regular high school diploma


Students who get off track

Students Who Get Off Track

  • Lower socioeconomic status

  • Poor pre-college preparation

  • Males

  • Students who work full-time

  • Students with a GED

  • First-generation students

  • Students whose lives are pressured

  • and filled with distractions


Students who get off track1

Students Who Get Off Track

  • Developmental students

    • Making slow progress

    • Never seeing the light at the end of the tunnel


Helping new students along their higher education journey keeping them on track

“Look to the Right, Look to the Left”


Helping new students along their higher education journey keeping them on track

Separation


Adaptable best practices

Adaptable Best Practices

  • Substantive Orientation

  • Summer Bridge Programs

  • First-Year Seminars

  • Learning Communities

  • Service Learning

  • Intrusive Advising

  • and many others


Where are we heading trends that will affect higher education

Where Are We Heading: Trends that Will Affect Higher Education


Rethinking developmental education

Rethinking Developmental Education

Remedial education is the Bermuda triangle of college education. “Too many students

go there never to be seen again.”

(Complete College America website)

Alternatives to developmental education. See http://ccrc.tc.columbia.edu


Dual enrollment early college

Dual Enrollment/Early College

  • Helping students attain college credits as quickly as possible.


Tightening the rules and regulations

Tightening the Rules and Regulations

  • No late entry

  • Must participate in orientation

  • Must take a first-year seminar

  • Must attend class

  • Must follow the educational path we set for you


Transfer

Transfer

  • Currently 1/3 of all students (nearly 2.8 million) will transfer during the undergraduate years.

    • Vertical transfer

    • Lateral transfer

    • Transfer in reverse

    • Taking courses from more than one

      higher education institution at the same time


Increased use of adjuncts

Increased Use of Adjuncts

  • Reasons

    • Lower cost

    • Practical expertise of adjuncts

    • Availability

  • Overusing adjuncts can have a negative impact on retention


Technology

Technology

  • Social media

  • Smart phones

  • Online courses


Critical juncture defining moment crossroads

Critical Juncture, Defining Moment, Crossroads

To drug addiction or prison

To college

To dropping

out of high

school

To a menial job


Be alert for these critical junctures that can derail your students progress

Be Alert for These Critical Junctures that Can Derail Your Students’ Progress

  • When statements are made that predict failure, or success, in college

  • When college expectations are set for students and families

  • When students make a decision to attend college for reasons unrelated to education

  • Placement exams; placement into provisional or developmental status.

  • Major selection

  • End of term academic disappointment (probation)


Critical junctures in social personal life

Critical Junctures in Social/Personal Life

  • Elimination from an athletic team

  • Romantic breakup

  • Other forms of rejection

  • Personal or family problems

    (divorce, mental or physical illness,

    financial reversal, pregnancy)


Providing help

Providing Help

  • Finding the balance between too much and too little assistance for students


Helping new students along their higher education journey keeping them on track

The Purpose of Higher Education at Your Institution

  • How will your students be different when they leave your college or university?

  • What will you add to the knowledge they already have?


Engaged citizenship

Engaged Citizenship

  • Standing for social justice

  • Advocating for marginal individuals and communities

  • Speaking out rather than remaining silent

  • Entering the political arena

  • Owning their individual and collective power


Helping new students along their higher education journey keeping them on track

Your Comments or Questions


Contact information

Contact Information

Betsy Barefoot, EdD

Vice President & Senior Scholar

Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

[email protected]

828-475-6018


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