ERIC Number: ED395902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Successful Community College Recruitment & Retention: Case Studies.
Jackson, Norman; And Others
"Teacher Education for America's Minorities" (TEAM) is a project of seven institutions of higher education in Florida. The project's goal has been to work within the teacher education systems at the seven institutions over a 6-year period (1990-1996). This paper addresses some of the issues and strategies related to barriers in the pipeline, identifies strategies used in assisting nontraditional and community college transfer students make the transition to the university setting, and presents case studies on college retention and transfer issues affecting minority students in the Florida Community College System. All of the projects were funded by the Ford Foundation. Results of a survey of Black college students in relation to academic achievement are also presented. Barriers to minority student advancement include outmoded curricula and school structures, biased standardized tests, and financial constraints. The TEAM project begins in the middle schools to mentor minority students through school and into the workforce or toward postsecondary education. An actual case report illustrates the program. Each summer the program exposes promising minority high school students to college career opportunities and campus life; statewide recruitment initiatives and conferences are held periodically to encourage recruitment of these students and those already attending community colleges. Recruitment efforts include adequate tutorial assistance and developing students' self-concept. Survey findings indicate that Black college students need more assistance with library use, more study time versus working time, and improved perceptions of their own ability. (Contains 33 references.) (NAV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Black Students, Career Exploration, Community Colleges, Educational Attainment, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Mentors, Middle Schools, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Students, Partnerships in Education, Student Attitudes, Student Recruitment, Teaching (Occupation), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: African Americans; Florida; Ford Foundation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (St. Louis, MO, February 26, 1996).