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Freshman Focus: Reaching Out Early to Raise Freshmen to New Heights

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This was presented at the Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN) State Conference - Houston, TX. February 19, 2009 and at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference - …

This was presented at the Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN) State Conference - Houston, TX. February 19, 2009 and at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference - San Antonio, TX. October 2, 2009.

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  • 1. Freshman Focus : Reaching Out Early to Raise Freshman to New Heights Temple Clark , Academic Advisor Ashley Ransom , Academic Advisor
  • 2. Overview
    • Texas State University-San Marcos Facts
    • Activity & Discussion
    • Freshman Focus Project
      • Purpose
      • Meeting
      • Materials
      • Results
    • Follow-up and Recommendations
    • Questions and Answers
  • 3. Texas State University-San Marcos
    • Four-year State Institution
    • Undergraduate Enrollment
    • 24,810 (Fall 2008)
    • University College
    • 2,555 (Total)
    • 1,011 (Freshman)
  • 4. Top 10 Reasons College Students Leave/Drop-out
    • Too much fun at the expense of classes and grades
    • A sense of not belonging; a sense of isolation, homesickness
    • Academically unprepared; burned-out on education
    • Financial constraints; low on funds
    • Personal/family issues
    • Academic climate/fit
    • Choice of a wrong major; major not offered
    • Lack of advising, guidance
    • Demands from part-time or full time employment
    • Move to a different geographic location
    Hansen, R. (2007) Your first year of college: 25 Tips to help you survive and thrive your freshman year and beyond. Retrieved February 16, 2009, from: http://www.quintcareers.com/first-year_success.
  • 5. DISCUSSION
    • What were your thoughts when you were dropped off?
    • What have you heard from freshmen?
    • Are expectations different for freshmen today than when you were in school?
  • 6. Freshman Focus: The Purpose
  • 7. The Meeting
    • Students
      • Undeclared
      • Undeclared-Professional
    • Folders
      • Discussion of Topics
  • 8. Materials
  • 9. THE RESULTS Fall 2006 & 2007
  • 10. Fall 2006 Survey Results: The Students Perspective
  • 11. Fall 2006 Survey Results: The Students Perspective cont.
  • 12. Fall 2006 GPA Results of Students who Attended
    • 209 students
    • The mean GPA = 2.52
    • 85 (40.6%) earned a GPA of 3.00 or higher
      • 99 (47.3%) earned a GPA of 2.86 or higher
    • 46 (22%) earned a GPA of 2.50 - 2.99
    • 38 (18%)earned a GPA of 0.00 – 1.99
  • 13. Fall 2006 GPA Results of Students who did not Attend
    • 621 students
    • The mean GPA = 2.22
    • 137 (22.1%) earned a GPA of 3.00 or higher
      • 182 (29.3%) earned a GPA of 2.86 or higher
    • 163 (77.9%) earned a GPA of 2.5 - 2.99
    • 191 (30.7%) earned a GPA of 0.00 - 1.99
  • 14. Fall 2007 Survey Results: The Students Perspective
  • 15. Fall 2007 Survey Results: The Students Perspective cont.
  • 16. Fall 2007 GPA Results of Students who Attended
  • 17. Fall 2007 GPA Results of Students who did not Attend
  • 18. Retention Results
    • Fall 2006 Students
    • 147 (70.3%) students who attended that were retained.
    • 370 (59.6%) students who did not attend that were retained.
    • Fall 2007 Students
    • % of students who attended were retained
    • % of students who did not attend were retained
  • 19. Freshman Focus Follow Up
    • More data coming soon!
    • For more information contact:
    • Temple Clark (tc21@txstate.edu) or
    • Ashley Ransom(ar44@txstate.edu)
  • 20. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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