ERIC Number: ED270157
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun-9
Reference Count: 0
Vassar College's Report to the Association of American Colleges and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
In 1985, Vassar College undertook a project to promote the transfer of two-year college students by providing a select group of community college students with the opportunity to experience learning in an independent, residential setting, while offering the support and assessment resources needed to aid them in using this experience to plan for their educational futures. From 50 applicants, 26 students from five community colleges were selected on the basis of their academic records, recommendations, and submitted essays. One third of the students were Black, one third were of Hispanic origin, and the remainder were White. Concurrent with the student recruitment effort, three team-taught introductory courses in cognitive science, American literature, and human ecology were devised. Support staff for the students included a director, a writing specialist, a specialist in academic computing, and two "student fellows." All of the students were successful both in their coursework, with grades ranging from A to C+, and in their social adjustment to what was for many their first communal and residential experience. Student evaluations revealed however that the 4-week duration of the program was too short to accomplish all that had been planned. The success of the program is evidenced by the fact that all 26 of the initial students had either transferred to four-year institutions or were planning to transfer. (RO)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Vassar Coll., Poughkeepsie, NY.