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ERIC Number: ED349062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Improving Minority Student Retention: Lessons Learned from Leeward Community College for the Community College Consortium Conference.
Gay, Lucy; And Others
The Native Hawaiian Project at Leeward Community College (LCC) in Pearl City, Hawaii, was developed to increase the retention and academic success of native Hawaiian students at the college. The project was initiated in summer 1988 with the establishment of the Native Hawaiian Recruitment and Retention Task force to examine campus services and practices that influence student retention. In fall of 1988, planning meetings were held for the development of a special student tracking system. In addition, a survey was distributed during the advising/registration period to identify native Hawaiian students who self-identified as another ethnicity. Information was then sent to all native Hawaiian students informing them about LCC services, financial aid and Learning Resource Center workshops, and providing them with study skills materials. Other activities of the project included a staff development workshop to increase faculty sensitivity to native Hawaiians, special workshops on Hawaiian culture, formation of a Hawaiian Club to promote Hawaiian culture, and a summer Bridge Program for recent high school graduates. Beginning in summer 1989, courses in self-development and career exploration were established, and in fall 1989, a minority counselor was hired specifically for the project. In August 1990, a two-hour orientation session was held for Hawaiian students entitled "Introduction to College Seminar," and in spring 1991, the Native Hawaiian Student Success Conference was held. A large part of this report consists on graphs, pie charts, and data tables on LCC student characteristics for fall 1991; on the Native Hawaiian Project; and on native Hawaiian student enrollment at LCC for 1987-1991 and at all community colleges in the University of Hawai'i system for 1988-1991. (PAA)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Cultural Awareness, Educational Counseling, Enrollment, Faculty Development, Hawaiians, Program Descriptions, School Holding Power, School Orientation, School Surveys, Student Characteristics, Student Personnel Services, Tables (Data), Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Leeward Community Coll.
Identifiers: Student Information System; University of Hawaii Leeward Community College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Summer Institute on Community College Effectiveness and Student Success (4th, Vail, CO, June 21-24, 1992).