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Pasadena City College

  1. 1. .XL – The Summer Bridge & First-Year Experience Program Brock Klein Pasadena City College Pasadena, California
  2. 2. “ 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
  3. 3. The .XL Mission <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Target Population
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. <ul><li>Program Director </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiter </li></ul><ul><li>.XL Student Ambassadors </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>-- math, English </li></ul><ul><li>Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Aides </li></ul>.XL Staff
  7. 7. Timeline Orientation July 2009, 2 weeks before Summer Bridge Summer Bridge! July 6 – August 14 Creation of cohorts May & June 2009 Placement tests April & May 2009 Recruitment at local high schools Plan field trips February – June 2009 Secure instructors, classes, days and hours, and rooms Spring 2008
  8. 8. Orientation <ul><li>Registration </li></ul><ul><li>Textbook & parking permit purchase </li></ul><ul><li>Student IDs </li></ul><ul><li>Parent and student contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid advisement </li></ul>
  9. 9. Summer Bridge Data .XL Cohorts 3, 4, & 5 68% 53% 80% Matched Comparison Group (Age, ethnicity, course) 93% 68% 92% .XL3 (Summer 2004) 93% 76% 100% .XL4 (Summer 2005) 95% 74% 100% .XL5 (Summer 2006) Persistence (Summer to Fall) Success Retention Prealgebra
  10. 10. Fall Math Data <ul><li>Fall to Spring Persistence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.XL 2-5: 88% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PCC: 69% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hispanic: 67% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Success – No significant difference </li></ul>
  11. 11. An Important Finding <ul><li>Students engaged in an intense and sustained intervention have a greater chance of staying in school and succeeding than those who do not. </li></ul>
  12. 12. .XL 4-6 Findings <ul><li>.XL success : .XL 4-6 students succeeded in all of their classes at a higher rate (78.5%) than PCC students in all classes (65.9%) and PCC students in basic skills classes (59.4%). </li></ul><ul><li>Basic skills to transfer math : A greater percentage of .XL 4-6 students (25%) who began in Level 1,(pre-algebra) registered for a transfer-level math course within 9 semesters than their non-.XL counterparts (11.1%). </li></ul>
  13. 13. .XL 4-6 Findings <ul><li>College environment : Latino/a .XL students demonstrated more positive perceptions of the college environment than non-.XL Latino/a students. </li></ul><ul><li>Social adjustment : Latino/a .XL students demonstrated greater social adjustment to college than non-.XL Latino/a students. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Unexpected but Welcomed Outcomes <ul><li>The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Inquiry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of SLOs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research and Experimentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collegiality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with other first-year experience program directors at PCC </li></ul><ul><li>New linked courses and programs </li></ul>
  15. 15. .XL Variations <ul><li>.XL Health Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>.XL STEM </li></ul><ul><li>.XL Now </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Jam </li></ul><ul><li>Math Jam </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions for Discussion <ul><li>Is it wise to shelter young, under-prepared students? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the program worth the cost/student? </li></ul><ul><li>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? </li></ul>
  17. 17. 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.”