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 - San Antonio, TX. October 2, 2009.

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

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

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