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Student Success Conference. CSU Campus Practices and Student Success Conference October 19-20, 2006 Dr. John Dirkse Interim AVP for Academic Programs and Dean, Undergraduate/ Graduate Studies. California State University, Bakersfield. Student Success Conference.

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student success conference
Student Success Conference

CSU Campus Practices and

Student Success Conference

October 19-20, 2006

Dr. John Dirkse

Interim AVP for Academic Programs and

Dean, Undergraduate/ Graduate Studies

California State University, Bakersfield

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We are going to highlight two of our campus’s practices which promote student success—and both have connections to service learning. The first is connected to our first-year experience courses and the second involves helping students in academic trouble.

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Service Learning in the First-Year Courses:

During the 04-05 academic year, a task

force of faculty, administrators, and staff

developed an integrated, 3-term “first-year”

experience for all new students. It was

designed to incorporate learning, engaging,

and service in ways that are known to

improve student success, retention, and

progress towards graduation.

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The Roadrunner RUSH-A (Resources for Undergraduate Success and High Achievement) program was initiated in Fall 2005 for all new undergraduate students “in transition”. The mission is to build, nurture, and sustain a vibrant educational community at CSUB committed to the academic and personal success for all such students.

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The program goals, which are embedded in three components-- learn, engage, and serve--are to assist new students “in transition” in the following specific ways:

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1. (1st term) assist the students in acquiring essential academic information, gaining necessary technical skills, assessing needed academic support services, increasing connections and engagement with peers and faculty, and in developing a personal plan for success at CSUB (LEARN);

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2. (2nd term) assist the students in becoming actively engaged with CSUB faculty “passions for the academy”—faculty share their passion to learn about a particular subject or topic (ENGAGE);

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3. (3rd term) assist the students in becoming actively involved as “student ambassadors” of CSUB to either the campus community or to the Bakersfield community (SERVE).

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Some examples of the ENGAGE courses:

  • Reading Harry Potter
  • 2. Seinfeld Economics
  • 3. Screening the Sacred—an exploration of how religion and values are expressed in popular film.
  • 4. The Beatles

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5. Painting Poetry—analysis of poems inspired by art and art inspired by poems

6. World of Animation

7. Chemical Circus—students learn to prepare and perform chemical demonstrations for elementary schools and junior highs

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The original plan was that the faculty “passion” courses would be winter quarter offerings. There was so much excitement and interest following the Winter 2006 offerings that we offered some of the courses again in Spring and this Fall. The students are already demanding some be offered every quarter.

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Some examples of the SERVE courses are:

  • Bakersfield Homeless Shelter—students learned about the mission of the shelter which areas needed volunteer help, and then volunteered in one of those areas
  • 2. Health Fair—nursing students learned about putting on such a fair and then took complete responsibility for a Seniors Health Fair which took place in June.

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3. Chemical Circus…(continuation of engage class)—the students who learned how to prepare and perform the demonstrations in the Winter presented the demonstrations at local schools during the Spring term.

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Since the “passion” course have been so

successful at engaging the students, we are

working on trying to develop more courses

like these last three—courses in which

students can engage in the faculty “passion”

AND then continue the “passion” in service

to the campus or the local community.

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Based on some ideas and strategies presented at the CO’s Civic Learning Institute held in June, we have developed a few more of these pairs of engage/serve courses. Our campus is very fortunate to have a very active and involved Service Learning and Community Partnership office which helps faculty in these efforts.

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Two courses to be offered this Winter and Spring terms are:

Brainiac—students learn all about the brain and then make presentations at local schools

Museum Docent—students learn about local geology and archeology in order and then serve as docents at an area museum

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Improving Your Academic Fitness

Last year we decided that we wanted to take a proactive approach to assisting students who have a low gpa. We created a General Studies course, GST 102, with the title “Improving Your Academic Fitness”. We clearly wanted to exploit and even mimic the popular physical fitness training structure.

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The instructors for the sections are graduate students enrolled in one of our Education Counseling Programs: School Counseling or Student Affairs Counseling. These “trainers” meet with me and/or one of the Counseling faculty on a regular basis. We see this type of effort as excellent training for just what these trainers are planning to do.

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The actual course is a 1-unit quarter course which typically meets once per week. The trainers use the hours put forth in this effort as the internship hours which are required for their counseling program. Our original plan was to make this course a requirement for students who have a gpa below 2.00.

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Our approach now is to send an email after grades are rolled each term announcing the course and available sections to all students with gpa’s below 2.00. In addition, we are now requiring all students who are re-admitted after academic disqualification to take this course during their first term back.

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We are now also requiring all students who are “administratively dismissed” for not completing remediation (EO 665) to take the course during their first term back on campus. There are certainly other groups of student who have low gpa’s and/or are otherwise “at risk”, and we will be trying to direct them into this course, too.

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The syllabus for the course includes presentations and discussions on the following topics:

• tutoring services

• learning styles

• time management

• class preparation

• coping and stress

• advising and career exploration

• test-taking strategies

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Since our first-year experience program and the “Improving Your Academic Fitness” course are both so new, we don’t yet have sufficient data on the impact on the students’ progress toward graduation for either one. However, early indications are that both are having a very positive impact.

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If you have any suggestions or ideas related to either practice that you think we might be able to incorporate or exploit, please share them with us.

Thank you for

attending this session!

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