ERIC Number: ED292503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Mount St. Mary's College, Doheny Campus: A Comprehensive Program of Retention for an Ethnically Diverse Student Body.
In 1960, Mount St. Mary's College (MSMC) opened the Doheny campus as an alternative for students who had potential for college, but who were not eligible to enter MSMC's traditional baccalaureate campus. The Doheny Campus has consistently developed innovative programs to enable students to successfully complete associate in arts degrees and also baccalaureate degrees at the main campus. The success of MSMC's efforts to retain its ethnically diverse student population is attributed to a coordinated program of academic development and support services. The program involves the following components: (1) admissions and testing to identify students with potential for success and their skill levels; (2) required classes to develop skills in areas where testing shows students are weak; (3) an extended, semester-long orientation course; (4) required work with a tutor at the Learning Resource Center; (5) an early warning system to notify students and their advisors of any difficulties the students are having; (6) a residence program capable of housing up to 170 students; (7) availability of courses in the baccalaureate program; (8) career counseling and internships; (9) community outreach; (10) English as a Second Language courses; and (11) multicultural tools and services. The MSMC program is based on the belief that students can succeed in college if placed in a supportive environment where there is individual attention, intervention when difficulties appear, and much feedback from the faculty and administration. (EJV)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Church Related Colleges, Enrollment Influences, High Risk Students, Minority Groups, Private Colleges, Program Descriptions, Remedial Programs, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Single Sex Colleges, Student Personnel Services, Two Year Colleges, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mount St. Mary's Coll., Los Angeles, CA. Doheny Campus.