ERIC Number: ED051112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Reducing Freshmen Attrition and Preparing Teachers for the Disadvantaged.
Bowman, David L.
This project, supported by federal, state, and local funds for 3 years, was designed to reduce the attrition of underachieving students; to develop positive attitudes toward self, others, school, and society; to increase enthusiasm and interest for teaching as a profession; and to develop interest and understanding for teaching the disadvantaged. One of the key components was the Personal Development Seminar, designed to help students understand themselves and the university and to increase their potential for success. Approximately 900 freshmen participate in the seminars each semester, with 35-40 professors. In earlier research with about 40 students experiencing academic difficulty, the pilot groups greatly improved their academic records. When matched with three other groups not in the project, they earned twice as many A's and B's and half as many D's and F's as their counterparts during a one-semester period, and their attitudes seemed to become increasingly positive. Utilizing experience gained from the project, the School of Education is experimenting with the seminar for each of the 1800 freshmen enrolled in the Orientation to Public Education course. A university academic success committee has been established, a 2-week, three-credit workshop is held in August for incoming probationary students, and a student cooperative learning center has been established by some of the original project students. (Author/MBM)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Univ., Oshkosh.
Note: 1971 AACTE Distinguished Achievement Award entry