College Of Sequoias Fye

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College Of Sequoias Fye

  1. 1. Addressing the Needs of a Diverse Student Population Through a First Year Experience Program April 30 – May 1, 2009 Sacramento, CA Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  2. 2. Frances A. Gusman Vice President, Student Services francesg@cos.edu Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  3. 3. College of the Sequoias Profile • Single campus district with two centers • Enrollment 13,000 • 47% (math) and 31% (English)test into developmental levels • Low income (over 70% receive BOGG fee waiver) • Hispanic students now comprise largest ethnic group of student body (51%) • 14 feeder high schools plus adult schools, continuation schools, court schools and charter schools. Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  4. 4. • Increasingly Diverse • Many Foreign Born, Non- English Speaking • More Living in Poverty/Unemployment • Fewer HS grads & BA holders The Community We Serve Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  5. 5. 8.4 9.6 4.7 17.1 18.6 8.7 0 5 10 15 20 U.S. CA Tulare The percent of adults in Tulare County with a Bachelor’s Degree lag far behind adults in the rest of the state and nation. 1990 2006 Percent of adults > 25 with a Bachelor’s Degree Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  6. 6. 9.8 9.7 18.5 0 5 10 15 20 U.S. CA Tulare Family poverty rates are twice as high in Tulare County than in the rest of the state and nation. Percent of families living below the federal poverty level, 2006 Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  7. 7. Tulare county is experiencing dramatic demographic shifts The number of Latino residents increased 25% in the last six years Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  8. 8. COS is witnessing a sharp increase in the proportion of Latino students and a drop in White students Percent of student population by race/ethnicity 1997- 1998 2007- 2008 Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  9. 9. Challenges for COS • ACCESS: low participation rate • PERSISTENCE: high numbers of: – Applicants who do not enroll – Enrollees who drop – Students who do not continue beyond 1 semester Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  10. 10. Evolution • Success Program – early 90’s • LISTO I………..1999 – 2004 • LISTO II……….2004- 2007 • FYE …………......2007 to present First Year Experience Learning Communities Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  11. 11. FYE – Fall 2007- Fall 2009 • Focus shifted to developmental English and Math • Offered to any incoming freshmen and re-entry students who have less than 30 units • Expanding to 12 communities by Fall 2009 First Year Experience Learning Communities Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  12. 12. FYE – PIC (Preparatory/Intermediate/Collegiate) Model 12 communities Prep level Remedial English Pre-Algebra First Year Seminar 13 units Intermediate level Intermediate English Algebra I First Year Seminar 13 units Collegiate level Transfer English Transfer Music First Year Seminar Other class per counseling 10- 14 units Students advance to next levels in spring First Year Experience Learning Communities Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  13. 13. FYE Academic Challenges • Faculty buy-in • Scheduling classes • Administrative input • Collaboration with Academic and Student Services Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  14. 14. FYE Learning Council • Designed to improve collaboration with Academic Services / Student Services and solve implementation issues • V.P. Academic Services, V.P. Student Services, academic deans, student services deans, FYE counselor, division chairs • Scheduling issues • Outreach • Recruitment of faculty Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  15. 15. ELI and FYE • English and Math basic skills learning communities • ESL learning community – Fall 2010 • Career Technical Education learning communities • Nursing – Fall 2008 • Ornamental horticulture – Fall 2009 • Learning Resource Specialist for FYE (funded by BSI) Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  16. 16. Future Plan SemesterSemester Number ofNumber of LearningLearning CommunitiesCommunities NumberNumber ofof StudentsStudents SectionsSections ofof FYE SeminarFYE Seminar NumberNumber ofof StudentsStudents Fall 2007Fall 2007 66 130130 ---- 00 SpringSpring 20082008 99 225225 11 2222 Fall 2008Fall 2008 1111 275275 66 255255 SpringSpring 20092009 1212 300300 6*6* 400400 Fall 2009Fall 2009 1212 300300 10**10** ?? * Implementation of large lecture section ** All COUN 110 courses part of a Learning Community Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  17. 17. Initial Success and Retention Data Fall Semester 2007 Group “C” or Better Re-enrolled Spring 2008 Math 360 26% 74% English 360 52% 73% Cohort 1 51% 84% Cohort 2 64% 88% Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  18. 18. Student Success and Retention Data Spring 2008, Fall 2008 Semester Number /Group “C” or Better Re-enrolled next semester Spring 08 8 Learning Communities 46% 57% Fall 08 11 Learning Communities 53% 80% Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  19. 19. What We Know • The majority of new students entering COS require basic skills support • Students are failing developmental courses at abysmal rates and many that get to college level transfer courses do not complete the courses to transfer or graduate with a degree • These same students are the ones who rarely, if ever, utilize the services and resources available to them • Students need and require more “touches” by individuals on campus. These students are uninformed and do not know how to even begin to access information and/or support services • Intrusive assistance is required if these students are to be successful Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  20. 20. What We Can Do A team like approach of staff to work with our FYE students would ensure the students meet and get to know staff who are assigned to them and subsequently access services and resources. Like EOPS, students would be required, as outlined in their contract, to meet each person on their team at least once a semester. The team members could then collaborate with other team members to assist the student. Potential Triage/Team Intervention could be composed of the following staff: • Outreach staff - we have not tapped into the rich informational resource this staff possesses • Counselor - in place • Financial Aid staff • Disability Resource Center - when indicated • Student Activities Staff – possibly Associated Student Body Student/Officer • Faculty training – BSI – First Annual Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning at Asilomar Conference Center Basic Skills Regional Meeting
  21. 21. Future Plans • Continue to link FYE with our Basic Skills Initiative • Further refine data collection / evaluation of FYE • Increase retention efforts : • Faculty has been asked not to drop students without contacting the FYE Office • Implemented Early Alert System Spring ‘09 (Banner) Progress Reports requested be entered the third week of the semester • Continue our expansion plans to serve more students • Continue to implement additional service components such as: • Student Book Loan Program • Summer Bridge Program – Peer Mentors • Continue to implement multiple sections of the FYE Seminar course • Achieving The Dream Initiative Basic Skills Regional Meeting

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