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Summer Transition Programs

On February 22, 2005, Maddy Entel asked list members for assistance with a social and academic summer preparation program that Becker College is working on for incoming students. Scott Gilbert replied with information on a 3-day program that he is responsible for, and Cheryl Rasmussen responded with information about a similar 4-day program. Brian Welch suggested Maddy contact Dr. Tina Holland from Holy Cross College about a program she began there for at-risk students. Nedra Shunk, Dana Basinger and Maria Arbizu-Rodriguez suggested she look into the programs their institutions offer, all three of which are at least 2 weeks long.



Maddy Entel (ready FYE-post or send email) mentel@beckercollege.edu
Scott Gilbert (read FYE-post or send email) gilbe062@umn.edu
Brian Welch (read FYE-post or send email) bw271903@ou.edu
Nedra Shunk (read FYE-post or send email) nshunk@scu.edu
Dana Basinger (read FYE-post or send email) dkbasing@samford.edu
Maria Arvizu-Rodriguez (read FYE-post or send email) marvizu@CALPOLY.EDU
Cheryl Rasmussen (read FYE-post or send email) crasmussen@highlandcc.edu


February 22, 2005 12:31pm
Original Message: Summer Transfer Program

Can anyone give me information regarding a summer program that would orient students to college both academically as well as socially? We are considering an August program that would provide students with developmental courses in English and Math as well as an orientation to transitioning to college. We are thinking of students receiving one credit for this program. Anyone tried anything similar? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Maddy

Madeleine Entel
Administrator, Centers for Academic Success
Becker College
508 791-9241 x236


February 22, 2005 2:49pm
Re: Summer Transition Program

Maddy,

I coordinate a similar program for the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences. We require all FY's (approximately 350 students) to attend a 3 day program during the summer that is designed to 1) show them the breath of Biology (Molecules to Ecosystems); 2) Begin building a community of learners; and 3) introduce them to resources that are available to them on campus. They register for 1 credit during their
fall semester and have substantial class responsibilities during the fall semester (although we never get gather as a class during that time). I would be more than happy to share our information with anyone interested.

Feel free to contact me directly.

Scott Gilbert
Coordinator, Nature of Life program
University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences


February 22, 2005 3:16pm
Re: Summer Transition Program

Maddy,

You should contact Dr. Tina Holland, VP for Student Life at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She started the CAP program there, which has been a successful first-year transition program for at-risk students. You can find her email on their website: http://www.hcc-nd.edu/.

Hope this helps!

Brian E. Welch, M.Ed.
Graduate Assistant for Retention
Enrollment Associates
Office of the Provost
Ohio University
214 Lindley Hall
Athens, OH 45701


February 22, 2005 3:26pm
Re: Summer Transition Program

Santa Clara University has a transition program for first generation college students that is offered during the two weeks prior to the fall quarter. You can find out information about the program by visiting the website at http://www.scu.edu/lead.

Nedra G. Shunk
Director
Drahmann Academic Advising & Learning Resources Center
408-554-2377


February 22, 2005 3:27pm
Re: Summer Transition Program

M a d d y

We run a program for approximately 2 weeks in August just before school begins. It is optional and is offered to a select group of students. It has been in high demand for the past three summers. I am attaching text from out brochure which will help explain the program, but you can contact me if you have further questions. I'll be happy to send you a brochure.

We are actually going to try something different this summer-offering the course during Summer II and requiring it for a certain group of conditionally admitted students who would take it along with one other course that we would help the students select-we'll offer Contemporary Math, Sociology, an English course, and a history course, each of which is a four hour course. The Success Seminar is a 2 hour course.

Dana K. Basinger
Director of Freshman Life
205-762-2216


February 22, 2005 4:13pm
Re: Summer Transition Program

The California State University system has a similar program at all 22 campuses. The program is called Summer Bridge. From my experience in coordinating Cal Poly's program, the model is highly successful. We no longer offer math as we have moved to a model that maximizes resources given our students' needs. Feel free to contact me if you have questions after visiting our website listed below.

Maria Arvizu-Rodriguez
Academic Advisor/Summer Institute Coordinator
Student Academic Services
Cal Poly, SLO, CA 93407
(805) 756-2301 FAX: (805) 756-5122
http://www.sas.calpoly.edu/si


February 22, 2005 5:37pm
Re: Summer Transition Program

At HCC we implemented a Summer Blitz program last summer. It was a pilot program for a certain group of athletes that were required to be on campus in July. We had a 4 day orientation to college that included a housing orientation, a meeting about expectations, and a low ropes teaming session. In addition, we assessed all students for placement into one of two developmental math classes, fundamentals of English and Reading. We also required supplemental instruction for students when possible. Classes met Monday through Thursday and students were required to participate in mandatory activities on Friday i.e. additional ropes courses, swimming, movies, etc. We required these students to live on campus and buy a meal plan in order to participate in Summer Blitz.

The summer before we started this program, we retained only 39% of this group of students from the summer to the following spring semester. This year, we retained 59% of this group from summer to spring. We will offer Summer Blitz again this year, opening it to all students who need developmental courses and who will meet the requirements. We are making some changes, but it will be essentially the same as I've described.

Cheryl Rasmussen, EdD
Vice President For Student Services
Highland Community College
606 West Main
Highland, KS 66035
785-442-6020 (phone)
785-442-6106 (fax)
http://www.highlandcc.edu/



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