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  1. Retention Strategies “Lunch and Learn” Fresno, CA April 22, 2013

  2. Webinar Technical Details • Call-in number is (470) 200-0305 and access code is 405-706-833. • To submit live questions, click on the “Questions” panel, type your question, and click “Send” • Presentation materials and audio will be posted at www.cacollegepathways.org

  3. Student Support (Re)defined Using Student Perspectives to Reimagine Support on Your Own Terms

  4. Session outcomes Describe the six factors that support student success Highlight what students identify was important to their success Identify how all educators have a role to play in supporting student success The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  5. Overview of project Student Support (Re)defined The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  6. Let’s Talk • Thinking back, what would you say was most important to your success as a college student? • What do you think is most important to community college students’ success today? The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  7. General research question In an environment of extreme scarcity, which student support activities can be delivered inside and outside of the classroom to improve success for all students, paying special attention to African-American and Latino learners? The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  8. Participating colleges The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  9. Study participants Survey: 785 students (12 CCCs) • 36% current students, 32% completers, 32% leavers • 30% first generation • 32% white, 31% Latino, 25% African American, 12% other Focus groups: 102 students (4 CCCs) The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  10. Study participants (cont.) Among survey participants… 71% had taken an assessment test 61% received need-based financial aid 40% had seen a counselor 36% had an edplan on record 14% were in EOPS 7% were in DSPS The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  11. Six success factors • Directed • Focused • Nurtured • Connected • Engaged • Valued The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  12. Six success factors Directed The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  13. Six success factors Directed The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  14. Directed: Students’ Suggestions for Action Provide career exploration and discipline-specific advising (faculty) Connect students to existing academic support programs and services (faculty, counselors & support staff) Provide additional resources and tools for goal selection and monitoring of progress (administrators) Direct more intrusive outreach to first-generation and undecided students (administrators) The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  15. Six success factors Focused The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  16. Six success factors Focused The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  17. Focused:Students’ Suggestions for Action Provide regular feedback on students’ performance and progress (faculty) Have high expectations for students (faculty) Connect students with special programs (e.g., DSPS, EOPS, Puente, Umoja, etc.) that provide intensive support (counselors & support staff, faculty) Develop resources that enable students to track their own progress towards meeting their educational goals (administrators) The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  18. Six success factors Nurtured The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  19. Six success factors Nurtured The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  20. Nurtured:Students’ Suggestions for Action Offer direct and tangible academic support (faculty) Ensure students understand course material (faculty) Know students’ names (faculty) Communicate and demonstrate to students that you care about their success (faculty, counselors, staff, administrators) The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  21. Six success factors Engaged The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  22. Six success factors Engaged The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  23. Engaged:Students’ Suggestions for Action Encourage students to utilize academic supports and ensure adequate access to these resources (faculty, administrators) Offer challenging classes with hands-on, real world applications (faculty) Allow students to provide feedback in both formal and informal ways (faculty) Highlight the advantages of and encourage participation in extracurricular activities (faculty, counselors, administrators) The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  24. Six success factors Connected The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  25. Six success factors Connected The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  26. Connected:Students’ Suggestions for Action Provide both formal and informal opportunities for peer-to-peer connections both inside and outside of class (faculty, administrators) Find ways to link students to available support resources and programs (faculty, counselors, administrators) Promote your community college as a place of pride and worth in students’ postsecondary experience (administrators, faculty, staff, counselors) Show students what makes you feel connected to the college (faculty, staff, administrators) The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  27. Six success factors Valued The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  28. Six success factors Valued The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  29. Valued:Students’ Suggestions for Action Provide community service and leadership opportunities (administrators) Create opportunities for and encourage students to provide feedback (faculty, administrators) Offer venues where students can share their family history, culture and traditions (faculty, administrators) Recognize students’ potential and encourage them to use their skills, abilities and experience to help others (faculty, counselors, staff, administrators) The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  30. Key Themes Colleges need to foster students' motivation. Colleges must teach students how to succeed in the postsecondary environment. Colleges need to structure support to ensure all "six success factors" are addressed. Colleges need to provide comprehensive support to historically underserved students to prevent the equity gap from growing. Everyone has a role to play in supporting student achievement, but faculty must take the lead. The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  31. Next steps Phase 2 • Sharing these findings among a variety of constituent groups • Facilitating dialogue about the findings (convenings) • Developing an action guide that helps facilitate the improvement of student support • Identifying related practices that can be sustained and scaled in a cost-effective manner The RP Group | Lunch N Learn | April 2013

  32. For more information on Student Support (Re)defined http://www.rpgroup.org/projects/student-support Dr. Darla Cooper, Project Director dcooper@rpgroup.org

  33. developing a sense of belonging as a retention strategy for Foster Youth in College California College Pathways: Lunch and Learn Series California State University, Fresno Monday, April 22, 2013 By Kizzy Lopez

  34. Introduction • Presenter: Kizzy M. Lopez • Professional Role: Program Coordinator Renaissance Scholars at Fresno State • Education: PhD student at Azusa Pacific University; M.S. in Educational Counseling and B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University • Foster Care Alum

  35. Presentation Overview • Brief review of research • Promising practices for college retention • Question and answers

  36. Reasons for study • What factors contribute to former foster youths’ college persistence? • Previous studies have demonstrated that a sense of belonging improves college retention and graduation rates for college students, particularly those students from underrepresented groups. • Does sense of belonging contribute to former foster youths’ college persistence?

  37. Research Question To what extent does psychological sense of community (a.k.a. sense of belonging) predict intent to re-enroll among former foster youth in California colleges?

  38. Guiding Framework • Retention Theory • Sense of Belonging • Austin’s I-E-O model (Input, Environment, and Output)

  39. Method Data Source and Sample • The Thriving Quotient (TQ) survey was emailed to Directors and Coordinators of Foster Youth Support Programs at California Community Colleges, CSU, and UC campuses. • Former foster youth students responded to the TQ survey on a voluntary basis but were entered into a drawing for a $25 Barnes and Noble card • There were 95 former foster youth student respondents

  40. Analysis/Results Analysis: • Multiple regression was performed to assess the degree to which each of the independent variables predicted intent to re-enroll. Results: • Results indicate that only one predictor was significant and that was psychological sense of community (sense of belonging) PSC (β = .45, p < .001).

  41. Findings • Results from this pilot study provide new data to suggest that sense of belonging is a significant predictor of intent to re-enroll among former foster youth in California Colleges. • The findings indicate that former foster youth who feel a sense of belonging are more likely to re-enroll and persist in college.

  42. Promising Practices

  43. Overview • Renaissance Scholars Program • Student Recognition Ceremony • Summer Residential Program • Weekly Seminars • Community Building Activities • Program Apparel

  44. Renaissance Scholars Program Mission Statement: Renaissance Scholars is a comprehensive support program that supports ambitious, college-bound individuals, formerly in foster care. The program is committed to providing a system of support and experiences that will empower students to grow into self-sufficient adults and future leaders in the community.

  45. Renaissance Scholars Program Quick facts: • Established fall 2008 • Under auspice of the Educational Opportunity Program • Average 88% year-to-year persistence rate • Almost 70% of our alum are pursuing graduate or doctoral programs

  46. Annual Student Recognition Ceremony • Each year, Renaissance Scholars accepts a small group of incoming students • The incoming students are invited to the Annual Renaissance Scholars Student Recognition Ceremony and formally introduced at the ceremony to the campus and community partners

  47. Summer Residential Program (LINC) • Incoming Renaissance Scholars attend a mandatory four-day Summer residential program called LINC • Renaissance Scholars LINC stands for (Learn, Integrate, Network, and Connect) • LINCoccurs the week before school starts • LINC was implemented summer 2009 • The purpose of LINC is to support the transition of incoming Renaissance scholars into the program and/or college and to have scholars build a strong connect with other students and staff.

  48. LINC Objectives • Students will become familiar with goal setting techniques and strategies • Students will gain knowledge about physical and mental wellness. • Student will apply money management skills and techniques to financial aid and other financial resources • Students will about conflict resolution and the importance of building community and maintaining positive relationships • Students will learn about leadership styles and development • Students will be provided with opportunities to learn and better understand themselves and others.

  49. First-time freshmen, year-to-year persistence Fall 2008, Renaissance Scholars did not have the Summer Residential Program (LINC) for incoming students

  50. Renaissance Seminars • Renaissance Scholars meet weekly during the fall term and bi-weekly during the spring term • The weekly Renaissance Seminars are designed to equip students with skills and information that can be utilized as a student and young professional. • A variety of topics are covered from time management, test taking strategies, money management, healthy relationships, True colors (personality assessment ) and many others.