Academic Ac...
University	of	Maryland	College	Park

                academic achievement programs
“…making a difference in one life, can make a difference for generations to come.”
  Dr. Jerry L. Lewis, Executive Directo...
                     Dear AAP Friends, Supporters and Alumni:

                     “Whatever the mind can conceiv...
a rich history of success—
                                         a future filled with opportunity

The five departments of the Academic Achievement Programs (AAP):
        • Summer Transitional Program (STP)
        • Stu...
the summer transitional program (STP)

                              A    djusting to college life on both academic and pe...
a profile in believing and achieving

                             Sami Ashktorab

“I believe in AAP so strongly that I ...
the student support            The Intensive Educational Development (IED)
a profile in believing and achieving

                                                                           Roy Kold...
The Ronald E. McNair
                                                Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

a profile in believing and achieving

                                        Chryl Laird

“McNair is often the break mi...
conceive. believe. achieve.
a profile in believing and achieving

                                                        Laura DiTizio
“AAP and the...
the educational
                                opportunity center (EOC)

                              T    he Educationa...
a profile in believing and achieving

                                 Joel Solorzano
EOC                              “...
AAP gets high ratings
                                      for retaining and graduating students
AAP Donation Certificate

Academic Achievement Programs
                   2110 Marie Mount Hall
                   University of Maryland
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  1. 1. conceive. believe. achieve. Academic Achievement Programs Providing the opportunity for young people to overcome obstacles through academic success.
  2. 2. University of Maryland College Park academic achievement programs profiles in achievement Contents I. Introduction, Executive Director Dr. Jerry L. Lewis II. A History of Success A. About the Academic Achievements Programs III. The Five Departments A. The Summer Transitional Program B. The Student Support Services Program Profile: Sami Ashktorab C. The Intensive Educational Development Program Profile: Roy Koldaro D. The Robert E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Program Profiles: Chryl Laird, Laura DiTizio E. The Educational Opportunity Center conceive. Profile: Joel Solorzano IV. Inside the Numbers of AAP believe. V. How to Make a Donation to the AAP achieve.
  3. 3. “…making a difference in one life, can make a difference for generations to come.” Dr. Jerry L. Lewis, Executive Director University of Maryland Academic Achievement Programs
  4. 4. SUCCESS Dear AAP Friends, Supporters and Alumni: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe...can be achieved.” That’s the motto we live by in the University of Maryland Academic Achievement Programs (AAP). Why? Because we’ve seen the magic of education make it happen so many times before. We take students who would most likely not be admitted into the University if evaluated solely on traditional criteria such as standardized test scores and financial means, and provide them with the life-changing opportunity to earn a degree at UM. AAP looks deeper, identifying potential in young people who otherwise might not get a chance to attend college. They can be first-generation college students, come from low-income house- holds, or have a disability that has been holding them back. Today, however, AAP faces new challenges—challenges that reflect society as a whole. As the gap between the wealthy and the poor continues to grow, the need for our services increases. But as our costs continue to rise, and funding is either reduced or kept level, the resources we a letter from the have available are limited. This is where you can help. executive director Please take the time to learn more about what we do by reading this brochure and visiting our Web site at Be sure to examine the fascinating success stories of five different students who have “conceived, believed, and achieved” because of the resources of AAP and benefactors like you. If you would like to make a donation, please complete and return the AAP Donation Certificate at the back of this brochure. When you help us reach our goals, we can better help our students achieve a lifetime of success. Jerry L. Lewis Sincerely, Jerry L. Lewis Executive Director University of Maryland Academic Achievement Programs P.S. To make a donation, simply tear off, complete and return the attached certificate in the enclosed envelope. Or call the AAP office at 301.405.4736 for more information.
  5. 5. a rich history of success— a future filled with opportunity The roots of the Academic Achievement Programs (AAP) department can be traced all the way back to 1967, when 19 University of Maryland-Upward Bound Program students were provided academic instruction, along with financial and counseling support services, under the newly formed Intensive Educational Development Program (IED). With the development of additional programs in 1990, all were placed under the umbrella of the newly formed Academic Achievement Programs (AAP), headed by Dr. Jerry L. Lewis. Through the years, hundreds of low-income and first- generation students have benefited from AAP, graduated and gone on graduate school and successful careers. Today, AAP maintains, coordinates, and provides leader- ship, development and supervision for five academic programs conceive. believe. achieve. (Student Support Services, Intensive Educational Development, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement, Summer Transitional Program, and the Educational Opportunity Center). Though we receive state and federal government funding, AAP also relies on the financial support of individuals like you to continue our mission to meet the economic and educational needs of our students.
  6. 6. The five departments of the Academic Achievement Programs (AAP): • Summer Transitional Program (STP) • Student Support Services Program (SSS) • Intensive Educational Development Program (IED) • University of Maryland Educational Opportunity Center (UM-EOC) • Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program Who does AAP help? For students to be eligible for the opportunity to pursue a college degree through participation in AAP, the following criteria are considered: 1. Low income status 2. First generation college student 3. Traditionally underrepresented students Academic Achievement Programs Timeline IED program delivery begins in the summer of 1968 with support services First Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate First Educational as a bridge program for the original 19 graduates of the University of Achievement Program grant Opportunity Center grant Maryland’s Upward Bound program 1967 1968 1972 1990 1991 1997 2006 UMD applied for and was awarded the first Student Academic Achievement IED created as pilot program by AAP moves to its first permanent home Support Services grant; IED and SSS form collaborative Programs established Dr. Julia Davison, Dr. George in over 30 years—Marie Mount Hall partnership to address cognitive and affective Marx, Dr. Thomas Magoon and developmental needs of students Dr. Stanley Pavey
  7. 7. the summer transitional program (STP) A djusting to college life on both academic and personal levels can seem overwhelming to many students. AAP students face even greater stressors. That’s why successful completion of all Summer Transitional Program components is a requirement for every student entering the University through Student Support Services/Intensive Educational Development (SSS/IED) Programs. This six-week program helps students prepare for college life and takes place the summer prior to their Fall semester. Academic adjustment is aided by: • Skills enhancement in math, English, college study strategies, and tutoring • Participation in a three-credit university core course • Enrollment in a one-credit college orientation course conceive. believe. achieve. • Weekly individual and/or group counseling sessions Simply stated, STP is a valuable, enriching tool in the preparation, retention, graduation and success of all AAP students.
  8. 8. a profile in believing and achieving Sami Ashktorab “I believe in AAP so strongly that I encouraged my sister, who has a great high school academic profile, to enter the program when she starts college next year.”— Sami Ashktorab, Summer Transitional Program S ome day in the near future, plans call for Sami students felt like they had already been through a Ashktorab, originally from Shiraz, Iran, to be “practice game” when the Fall semester started, one known as Dr. Sami Ashktorab. A graduate of the giant step ahead of other incoming freshmen. College highlight— University of Maryland through AAP, Sami is now The AAP staff played a significant role in guiding attending medical school at George Washington Sami through the STP and even in giving her the AAP provided me with University. ability to help her fellow students. She was “on the an amazing overall It all started with one little postcard she received job” her first semester of her freshmen year, in one experience and I hope from AAP after applying for traditional admission case helping a fellow biology student jump from an through the knowledge to the University. Sami answered the AAP outreach “F” to an “A” in his next examination. I have gained I can be of and came in to meet with the staff and to take a Says Sami, “AAP helps turn children into mag- assistance to others. placement test. She found the people she met to nificent adults, who care for their community, who be serious about their work, caring toward their want to help others by furthering their education, students, and dedicated to their mission. and who make our community better one person at Sami’s sense of accomplishment started with a time.” And that’s a prescription for success. completion of the Summer Transitional Program (STP). Today, she says she and her fellow STP
  9. 9. the student support The Intensive Educational Development (IED) and Student Support Services (SSS) Programs services program (SSS) T he roots of AAP can be traced back to 1968 with the launch of the state-funded IED program. Through the Federal TRIO and Upward Bound efforts, IED was the first organization to enroll a significant number of African-American students in the University. the intensive educational When SSS gained Federal funding a few years later, it helped to expand the counseling and academic services to low-income participants, allow- development program (IED) ing IED to focus its resources on the cognitive skill enhancement classes in mathematics, English, reading, college study skills and tutoring services. Assisting incoming freshman to the University is certainly a vital role of IED and SSS. However, their valuable support continues throughout each AAP student’s time at the University, from their first year right on through to graduation. While the IED and SSS are funded through different entities and maintain separate staff, their collaborative efforts and holistic approach help to bring workshops, counseling and academic skill enhancement to students in the following components: • English • College Study Skills • Mathematics conceive. believe. achieve. • Tutoring Services • Supplemental Instruction • Counseling Services • Academic Advising Together, IED and SSS perform essential functions to back the AAP mission of “providing services that enhance the academic potential and personal growth of each student served.”
  10. 10. a profile in believing and achieving Roy Koldar0 W orking 30 hours a week and trying to maintain your because of his summer introduction. grades is a tough assignment for any high school Roy has now made it through the demanding schedule of student, let alone one whose first language is Hebrew. being an AAP student. He credits taking advantage of the However none of that stopped Roy Koldaro from believing required tutoring, the help and guidance of the full AAP staff, College highlight— and achieving. and a special opportunity to study abroad in London for a The son of Israeli parents, Roy had a cousin who graduated semester as several reasons for his success. In fact, while many Being able to broaden my from the University of Maryland. So, Roy took a chance and of Roy’s friends who entered the University through traditional world view by studying in applied, but his grades and SAT scores were not satisfactory means are going on to their fifth year, Roy is graduating in four. London for a semester. for traditional admission. That’s when he found out about AAP. In addition to the pride of being the first in his immediate In the summer of 2003, Roy got his wish and was family with a college education, Roy has already lined up a admitted into the AAP Summer Transitional Program (STP), position with an internationally known consulting firm. And which introduces students to college life and college work. One Roy’s not done with school. He plans to pursue his MBA of the requirements for Fall admission is that students achieve a through his new company’s graduate degree program. 3.0 or higher GPA during their STP studies. Roy surpassed that mark and felt he had an advantage over new students in the Fall “AAP has provided me with opportunities that nobody else could have provided. I’m very grateful and encourage the full support of AAP.” — Roy Koldaro, IED
  11. 11. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program T hrough AAP, the University of Maryland Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare low-income, first generation and traditionally underrepresented students to pursue doctoral studies. Full-time University juniors and seniors who wish to pursue doctoral studies, enhance their skills to prepare for graduate study, participate in undergraduate research with faculty members, and meet overall program requirements are eligible to apply. The program offers services which include, but are not limited to: • Preparation for graduate school admissions tests • Academic counseling, tutoring and mentoring • Summer research internships, which may include monetary stipends along with free room and board • Faculty-guided research and mentoring conceive. believe. achieve. • Assistance with identification and acquisition of graduate school financing • Advanced writing classes • The opportunity to present original research at national forums and academic conferences This McNair program at the University is one of approximately 167 such programs nationwide and serves a very important function in preparing AAP students for doctoral programs.
  12. 12. a profile in believing and achieving Chryl Laird “McNair is often the break minority and other students need to get a chance in a graduate program. This program must be funded!” — Chryl Laird, The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program F itting into a certain group has not always been as clear as Chryl credits the University’s McNair program as an black and white for Chryl Laird. Growing up the daughter outstanding experience through its innovative coursework and of working-class Jamaican parents, Chryl’s ethnicity was often a research projects, dynamic faculty, and comprehensive prepara- College highlight— challenge for her peers to overcome—but not for her. tion for Graduate School. Some of her fondest moments took place outside the classroom, through interaction with a varied While Chryl and her family dreamed of a college degree, group of fellow students whose ethnic and academic diversity, Being selected as the their financial situation made that goal seem unattainable. drive to succeed, and discussions about a wealth of topics 2005 commencement However, through scholarships, financial aid and good grades, opened her mind to a world of possibilities. speaker for the College Chryl was able to attend the University of Maryland—one of Behavioral and Social mission accomplished. Chryl’s McNair experience is ongoing, as she was accepted Sciences. for a full five-year Fellowship to obtain a Ph.D. in Political Chryl’s AAP story begins while she was already attending Science from Ohio State University. Her research area is the University. During a 2004 summer program for minority Race and Politics with an emphasis on Minority Youth Political students, she heard about the Ronald E. McNair Post- Participation and Civic Engagement. She aspires to be a Political Baccalaureate Achievement Program and how it helped Science professor, supporting her ideal of a strong minority low-income, first-generation students pursue Doctoral presence in academia. degrees. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
  13. 13. conceive. believe. achieve.
  14. 14. a profile in believing and achieving Laura DiTizio “AAP and the McNair program have made it possible for me to achieve my academic goals.” — Laura DiTizio, The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Being diagnosed with a learning disability at an early age can be Student Support Services supplemental grant aid that helped her an overwhelming obstacle to the growth of any child. Not so for meet rising tuition costs. Laura DiTizio, a recent University AAP graduate and Ronald E. Laura moved off campus after her freshman year, and found College highlight— McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program student. that her car expenses and living expenses were just too great. Instead, Laura tossed aside any labels, worked very hard, and Through determination and sacrifice, she began living on a boat Meeting the many graduated from South Carroll High School in just three years. in Annapolis to save money! After all she says, “Living on the challenges I faced and Though she excelled in her scholastic achievements, Laura water is free!” That highly unusual step allowed her to get back struggled with the rigors of standardized testing and faced the on her feet. She then entered the McNair program which being able to pursue my possibility of not being able to fulfill her dream of attending provided her with housing and a food card to live on. doctoral degree. college. Through Laura’s determination, the continued assistance With her sister in the second year of the AAP program, of the AAP staff, and the direct challenges posed by Executive Laura was aware of its benefits, applied and was admitted herself. Director Dr. Jerry Lewis, she became an outstanding AAP success She then began the demanding Summer Transitional Program. story and set her sights on a doctoral degree through the McNair program. She is now attending the University of Those weren’t the only demands she would face. Due to Wisconsin in pursuit of her Ph.D. in Family Studies with a full financial circumstances, Laura’s parents could not help her with first-year assistantship and an AOF fellowship to follow. books and bills. Laura’s participation in AAP made her eligible for The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
  15. 15. the educational opportunity center (EOC) T he Educational Opportunity Center is the newest addition to the many services provided by AAP. Created by a grant from the U.S. Depart- ment of Education in 1997, the EOC provides information and assistance to low-income, first-generation college-bound citizens of Prince George’s County age 19 and older to gain admission and obtain financial aid for post-secondary education enrollment. EOC has seen substantial growth over the last decade and now assists more than 1,000 adults per year in: • Enrollment or re-enrollment in post-secondary education • Guidance and counseling in the post-secondary admissions process • Academic, personal and career counseling • Assistance with completing the FAFSA application and securing financial aid for students through various resources • Referral to community agencies to complete the GED process conceive. believe. achieve. The EOC main office is located in New Carrollton and maintains additional office space and staff on campus within the AAP facility.
  16. 16. a profile in believing and achieving Joel Solorzano EOC “I am a prime example of how, through the help of AAP programs, anything is possible.”— Joel Solorzano, EOC F or Joel Solorzano, the natural born son of El Salvadoran future. Another friend, who Joel later married, helped put parents, simply graduating from Bladensburg High into perspective what an important opportunity this was. School as a Latino student required overcoming many The rest, as they say, is AAP history. serious obstacles. Joel began attending UM in the summer of 2000, at first Joel persisted, and following graduation he went right feeling awkward and out of place as an “older” student. into the workforce. College was just a passing dream. As Through hard work, many sleepless nights, and the help a few years passed, a friend told him about the Academic of AAP staff, tutors and classmates alike, he accomplished Achievement Programs Educational Opportunity Center what once seemed unimaginable. and the opportunities available. Joel received his Bachelor’s Degree amid tears of joy College highlight— Joel followed the advice of EOC Counselor Edna from friends and family. He is currently the Assistant Gonzalez-Velazquez and submitted his application to the Director of a camp for children. His new dream is to Taking part in a study abroad University of Maryland. After a few months of anxious continue his education and receive a teaching certificate course with a host family in waiting, the good news came—he had been accepted so that he too can help out as many children as possible. Lesotho, South Africa. into AAP’s STP program and given two days to decide his
  17. 17. AAP gets high ratings for retaining and graduating students Retention rates surpass national average Through hard work, dedication and your help, students in AAP seize Exceptional student graduation rates the opportunity to earn a college education. That’s why the program’s first-year retention rates meet or exceed those of the general student Based on available data, the University’s AAP program also surpasses the na- population and those of similar programs across the nation. tional averages for graduating students of like programs in their 4th, 5th, and 6th years of study, including a 62.2% 6-year rate in the ’01/’02 school year. AAP National Avg. UM New, First Retention Rate SSS Program Time Student After One Year* One-Year First Year AAP SSS/IED 4 year 5 year 6 year Retention Rate ** Retention Rates* Program grad rate grad rate grad rate 2001 98.10% 74.6% 91.90% 1998-1999 11.5% 36.9% 47.7% 1999-2000 16.3% 41.3% 51.0% 2002 94.00% 75.1% 92.70% 2000-2001 19.4% 52.0% 62.20% 2003 95.30% 75.7% 92.60% 2001-2002 22.2% 53.7% n/a 2004 92.10% n/a 92.60% 2002-2003 14% n/a n/a 2005 93.50% n/a 91.70% conceive. believe. achieve. National Average 4 year 5 year 6 year Based on most current available data of SSS Programs grad rate grad rate grad rate enrolled in original institution 1998-1999 10.8% 22.2% 28.0% 1999-2000 10.5% 23.0% n/a Based on most current available data *Source: University of Maryland IRPA, 2007 ** Source: An Interim Report on The Student Services Program: 2002-03 and 2003-04, with Select Data from 1998-2002, U.S. Department of Education, 2007
  18. 18. AAP Donation Certificate Name_______________________________________________ help make a brighter tomorrow for AAP students Address______________________________________________ City___________________________State_______ZIP________ …make a donation today Phone ( ) ______________________________________ UM graduate? Yes____ No____ AAP alumnus? Yes____ No____ Year of graduation _____________ Email address ______________________________________ While they are hardworking individuals, many students in AAP simply have very limited resources to fund their college educations, requiring significant financial assistance and unrealistic loan burdens. YES, I want to help AAP students achieve their goals! Now, helping a student in need is easy, and you can even choose which area your donation will help. Here is my tax-deductible donation to the following area: You can elect to contribute to… q AAP Student Book Fund 1. The AAP Student Book Fund q AAP Study Abroad Fund q Michele Angyelof Memorial Scholarship Fund 2. The AAP Study Abroad Fund q AAP Fund for Daily Operations 3. The Michele Angyelof Memorial Scholarship Fund, or Donation Amount $________________ 4. Help AAP meet daily expenses to continue to assist students at the highest possible level Method of Payment: q Visa q MasterCard q Discover To make your donation today by credit card or check, please complete the attached reply card, fill Credit Card #________________________________________ out the appropriate information, and then return it in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. Expiration date: ________________ Amount: ______________ For more information on how you can help, please call the University of Maryland Academic Signature ___________________________________________ Achievement Programs Department at 301.405.4736. You can also visit our Web site at OR, I have enclosed a check/money order made payable to the University of Maryland, Academic Achievement Programs. Please detach this card, complete it and return it with your payment in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. Changing academic potential Thank you!! into academic success.
  19. 19. Academic Achievement Programs 2110 Marie Mount Hall University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 301.405.4736 Telephone 301.314.9794 Fax Special thanks to Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Donna Hamilton, for support of this publication.