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From College Access to College Retention: Persistence and Academic Success for Under-Represented College Student Populations. A CCESS College Foundation Program. Non-Profit Organization 16 Full Time Advisors Housed in 29 High Schools in South Hampton Roads, VA

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From College Access to College Retention:

Persistence and Academic Success for

Under-Represented College Student Populations

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ACCESS College Foundation Program

  • Non-Profit Organization
  • 16 Full Time Advisors
  • Housed in 29 High Schools in South Hampton Roads, VA
  • Staff are split between 2 schools; one 2 day school & one 3 day school
  • School Splits are based on percentage of students receiving free reduced lunch
  • 3 day schools serve 9th - 12th grades
  • 2 day schools serve 11th - 12th grades
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ACCESS College Success Program

Overview:

  • Provide direct services to Access Students
  • Attend one of the following Universities:
  • Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University,
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech,
  • Virginia Wesleyan College,
  • Increase the graduation rate for first-year Access scholarship recipients
  • Increase the re-application rate for all Access scholarship recipients
  • Increase awareness of existing college campus programs and services
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TG Grant Project

Participation

  • Identified 233 out of 261 Access Scholars eligible to participate
  • Students must fall under one or more under-represented groups to be considered as a participant
    • Low Income (Pell eligible)
    • Minority (African American, Latino/Latina, Native American)
    • First Generation
  • 105 of the 233 students identified agreed to participate in the study
  • 100 students completed all required meetings, surveys fall semester
  • 92 students complete all required meetings and surveys spring semester
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TG Grant Project

Participation Demographics

  • 81% self identified as ethnic minority
  • 54% self identified as coming from low income families
  • 44% self identified as being first generation students
  • 39% self identified as coming from single family homes
  • 68% of the freshmen were represented in more than one under-represented category
  • 92.5% of the sophomores were represented in more than one under-represented category
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Student Requirements:

  • Attend College Success Days – 11 days
  • Complete two surveys each semester
  • Receive a $100 gift card to the bookstore!
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College Success Days:

Schedule

Week 1: Introduction and Expectations

Week 2: Time Management; Voting (registering/absentee)

Week 3: Studying; How you learn

Week 4: Stress Management

Week 5: Money Management; Prepare for FAFSA

Week 6: Complete FAFSA; Renew Access Scholarship

Week 7: Complete FAFSA

Week 8: Health and Well Being

Week 9: What should I do during the summer (Internships, Resumes)

Week 10: Preparing for finals

Week 11: Wrap up

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College Success Days:

Resources for Curriculum

  • The Real Freshman Handbook: A Totally Honest Guide
    • To Life on Campus
    • Jennifer Hanson and friends
  • How to Study
    • Ron Fry
  • College Rules! How to Study, Survive and Succeed in College
    • Sherrie Nist-Olejnik, Ph.D and Jodi Patrick Holschuh, Ph.D
  • The Everything College Survival Book: From Social Life
  • to Study Skills – All you Need to Know to Fit in!
    • Michael Malone
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College Success Program:

Services

  • Consistent and constant electronic and in person communication
    • Facebook, email, instant message, texts, phone calls
  • Advocacy for students to resolve issues affecting retention
  • Monitor student academic achievement
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College Success Program:

Instrumentation

  • Student Information Worksheet (part 1)
    • Asked for students to identify attributes which describe themselves
      • High school background
      • Family background
      • College application experience
  • Student Information Worksheet (part 2)
    • Asked for students to identify attributes describing themselves in college
      • Activities involved in
      • College Goals
      • Goals after college
  • Student Check-In
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ACCESS College Success Program

Project Objectives & Outcomes

  • Increase retention from fall to spring term of the freshman year
  • Significantly higher than average for students at the 5 participating colleges
  • 99% retention rate
  • 78.4% institutional average retention rate reported for first-time, full-time freshman in 2008-09
  • 71% national average for four-year colleges
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ACCESS College Success Program

Project Objectives & Outcomes

  • Increase retention from spring of the freshman
  • year to fall of sophomore year.
  • Significantly higher than average for students at the 5 participating colleges
  • 94.7% retention rate for freshmen
  • Typically a 37% attrition rate during the first two years of college
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ACCESS College Success Program

Project Objectives & Outcome

  • Determine the impact of services on college academic success
  • from the high school final cumulative grade point average to the
  • fall college cumulative grade point average.
  • Freshmen experienced a low cumulative grade point average decrease of -0.17
  • Historically freshman have lost up to one-half of one grade point from their senior year of high school to end the of their freshman year
  • Sophomores experienced a decrease of -0.31 during their freshman year
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ACCESS College Success Program

Academic Persistence

    • Under-represented freshman are generally at a higher risk of dropping and failing courses during their first year of college.
    • 86.7% completed all of their fall 2008 courses
    • 89% completed all of their spring 2009 courses
  • High correlation between number of visits students had with their College Success Advisor and grade point average
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ACCESS College Success Program

2009-2010

  • Phase out Virginia Tech
  • Add Virginia State University
  • Add four campuses of Tidewater Community College
  • Focus on first and second year students
  • TG Grant for 2nd year
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ACCESS College Success Program

Student Feedback

  • Improvements:
    • Internship information
    • Study abroad information
    • Group study/academic activity
    • Mentor/Buddy system
    • Job placement information
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ACCESS College Success Program

  • Questions?
  • Andrea Schusler
  • College Success Advisor
  • ACCESSCollege Foundation
  • aschusler@accesscollege.org
  • (757) 613-3197