ERIC Number: ED058977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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A Physics-Oriented College Motivation Program for Minority Students.
Chappell, Willard R.; Baur, James F.
The objective of the Colorado Mexican-American Student Program was to motivate capable Mexican American students to consider the possibility of attending college. Students for the program were selected according to the following criteria: (1) Mexican American ancestry, (2) completion of at least grade 10, (3) promising academic potential, and (4) some degree of underachievement. The program, a 4-week summer session following completion of grade 10, was held at the University of Colorado (Boulder) and consisted of discussion groups, lectures, and laboratories. The staff consisted of a director, 3 instructors, and various unpaid volunteers. A continuation of the program through 2 years following the summer session had 4 functions: to maintain contact with the students and their parents; to help the students improve their grades by providing tutoring; to assist students in applying for college admission and financial aid; and to inform selected colleges about the program and the students who have participated. A follow-up study of the 21 students who entered the program in 1969 showed that 12 began college in the fall of 1971 and 1 entered a professional school. It should be noted that, although this particular program was physics-oriented, there is no reason why it should not work in the framework of any other discipline or with any other minority group. A related document is RC005905. (PS)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Dept. of Physics and Astrophysics.