ERIC Number: ED348096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-7
Reference Count: N/A
A Freshman Retention Project at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Curtis, Stephen M.; Harte, Joyce
At Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in New York, the student body is 55% Black, 29% Hispanic, 7% Asian, and 9% White and other ethnic groups. Placement testing indicates that 70% of entering freshmen require some form of remediation. As part of BMCC's efforts to improve first-year retention rates, students requiring remediation have the option of enrolling in a free, 6-week intensive remedial summer session. In addition, all first-year students enroll in a year-long freshman orientation course taught by a member of the counseling staff. In the 1989-90 academic year, BMCC initiated the Freshman Year Project (FYP), appointing a five-member committee which focused its efforts on advisement/counseling, curricular reform, and faculty development. Beginning in fall 1990, 10 full-time faculty members conducted orientations in small intensive sessions which met throughout the semester for a pilot group of 20 entering freshmen. In 1991, 50 full-time faculty members participated in the orientation. As a curriculum initiative, the FYP identified four courses with high attrition rates, reduced class size to 20 students, and introduced teaching assistants who also served as out-of-class tutors. By spring 1991, the initiative included 18 course sections. In addition, paired and blocked course sequences were introduced. In the area of faculty development, a group of 12 semester-long seminars was developed and overseen by the FYP committee; among the seminars were "New Paradigms, Old Paradigms: How Students Learn,""What We Know about Our Students,""Sexism in the Classroom,""Black English Workshop," and "Learning with Video." (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Persistence, College Freshmen, Community Colleges, Compensatory Education, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Minority Groups, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Summer Programs, Teaching Assistants, Tutors, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: City University of New York Manhattan Comm Coll
Note: Paper presented at the University of South Carolina Conference, "The Minority Student Today: Recruitment, Retention, and Success" (San Antonio, TX, October 6-9, 1991).