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    • .XL – The Summer Bridge & First-Year Experience Program Lynn Wright Pasadena City College Pasadena, California
    • “ I did not like high school and I did really bad in high school. And I did not think I would ever graduate and go to college. So right now, I think off it like this is where I can start my life. And then I can go on and do the things I want to and continue on to become a successful person.” .XL3 student
    • The .XL Mission
      • The .XL program is designed to help first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students make a smooth and successful transition from high school to college in a nurturing, collaborative environment.
    • Target Population
    • PCC Summer Bridge: High school graduates take a block of courses in the summer. First-Year Experience: They remain as a cohort for the remainder of their first year. High School Graduates Summer Bridge and The First-Year Experience Math SI Summer Math, Engl, Counseling Fall Math & English Spring
      • Program Director
      • Recruiter
      • .XL Student Ambassadors
      • Faculty
      • -- 2 math, 2 English
      • Counselor
      • 2 Instructional Aides
      .XL Staff
    • Timeline Spring 2006 Secure instructors, classes, days and hours, and rooms February – June 2007 Recruitment at local high schools May & June 2007 Placement tests June 2007 Creation of two cohorts July 2007, 2 weeks before Summer Bridge Orientation
    • Orientation
      • Registration
      • Textbook & parking permit purchase
      • Student IDs
      • Parent and student contracts
      • Financial Aid advisement
    • Summer Bridge Data .XL Cohorts 3, 4, & 5 Prealgebra Retention Success Persistence (Summer to Fall) .XL5 (Summer 2006) 100% 74% 95% .XL4 (Summer 2005) 100% 76% 93% .XL3 (Summer 2004) 92% 68% 93% Matched Comparison Group (Age, ethnicity, course) 80% 53% 68%
    • Fall Math Data
      • Fall to Spring Persistence
        • .XL 2-5: 88%
        • PCC: 69%
        • Hispanic: 67%
      • Success – No significant difference
    • An Important Finding
      • Students engaged in an intense and sustained intervention have a greater chance of staying in school and succeeding than those who do not.
    • Unexpected but Welcomed Outcomes
      • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
        • Faculty Inquiry
        • Development of SLOs
        • Research and Experimentation
        • Collegiality
      • Collaboration with other first-year experience program directors at PCC
      • New linked courses and programs
    • .XL Variations
      • Reading Jam
      • Math Jam
      • .XL Now
      • .XL Health Sciences
    • Questions for Discussion
      • Is it wise to shelter young, under-prepared students?
      • Is the program worth the cost/student?
      • Can the college scale up, offer the same experience to more students, maintain the same standards and level of intimacy, and have the same impact?
    • A Math Instructor and Her Students “ Prealgebra is not so much about teaching math as it is about teaching students that they can do math.”