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ERIC Number: ED015960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962-Jun
Pages: 28
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Reference Count: 0
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PARTICIPATION IN AN EXPERIMENTAL COLLEGE SUMMER STUDY PROGRAM BY A GROUP OF HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS.
TEITELBAUM, DEENA
THE 1961 SUMMER SESSION FOR ABLE HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY AT POTSDAM, NEW YORK, ACCEPTED 11 BROOKLYN GIRLS WHO ORDINARILY WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR COLLEGE. THESE GIRLS CAME FROM DISADVANTAGED BACKGROUNDS AND, ALTHOUGH CAPABLE, THEIR SCHOOL RECORDS DID NOT MEET SUMMER PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS. THEY AND THEIR PARENTS HAD PREPARATORY ORIENTATION SESSIONS AT THE GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL. EACH STUDENT TOOK TWO ELECTIVE COURSES FOR CREDIT AND ONE NONCREDIT SEMINAR DURING THE SUMMER SESSION. THE GIRLS EARNED GOOD GRADES IN THEIR COURSES, AND THE REACTIONS OF THE DEAN AND OF THE FACULTY WERE GENERALLY FAVORABLE. RESPONSES TO A POSTSESSION INTERVIEW SHOWED THAT THE GIRLS HAD ENTERED THE PROGRAM TO FIND OUT WHAT COLLEGE WAS LIKE AND FOR SOME, TO TEST WHETHER THEY COULD FUNCTION IN A COLLEGE. THEY ALL FELT THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE WAS WORTHWHILE AND ENRICHING. FOR SOME GIRLS THE EXPERIENCE SEEMED TO CRYSTALLIZE VOCATIONAL AND LIFE GOALS AS WELL AS PLANS TO ATTEND COLLEGE. THE GROUP FELT THAT THE SUMMER SESSION SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE OFFERED TO SUCCEEDING GROUPS. FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS AND PARENTAL ATTITUDES TOWARD CONTINUING EDUCATION BECAME MORE POSITIVE AS A RESULT OF THE SUMMER SESSION. TWO YEARS LATER, NINE OF THE ORIGINAL 11 GIRLS WHO WENT ON TO COLLEGE WERE STILL ATTENDING, EIGHT OF THEM WITH SCHOLARSHIPS OR AWARDS. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
Identifiers: New York (New York); State University of New York Coll at Potsdam