ERIC Number: ED315107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Pew Charitable Trusts: Center for At Risk Students.
Lieberman, Janet, Ed.
The Pew Charitable Trusts Center for At Risk Students Newsletter, v1 Dec 1989.
This newsletter focuses on three activities of LaGuardia Community College: the formation of a Center for At Risk Students; the college's International High School (IHS), a collaborative program that serves high school students who are high-risk because of their limited English proficiency; and "Exploring Transfer," a two-year/four-year college collaborative effort to increase the number of urban and minority transfer students. One of the first activities of the Center for At Risk Students was a survey of 2,300 institutions and schools regarding programs for at-risk students. Responses from 220 institutions with at-risk programs revealed that: (1) 52% of the programs were offered by community colleges, 65% were in urban locations, and 66% had commuter populations; (2) rural institutions received only 64% of the funding per pupil for at-risk programs that urban and suburban institutions received, and public institutions received only 38% of the funding of private institutions; and (3) respondents expressed needs for additional funding, staffing, faculty training, and teaching materials. The section of the newsletter on IHS traces the growth of the school from 56 students in 1985 to 417 students in 1988-89; offers a profile of IHS students and faculty; and explains admissions requirements. In addition, program outcomes are noted including 90% average daily attendance rates, 3.9% dropout rates compared to a citywide average of 30%, a 90% graduation rate, and a 100% college acceptance rate. The final section of the newsletter describes "Exploring Transfer." The aim of the program is to forge new connections between public and private educational institutions, between two- and four-year colleges, among faculties in different disciplines, and between previous experiences and future possibilities. Thus far, the program has achieved its primary objective of increasing transfer rates, with at least 70% of the first cohort transferring. (JMC)
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), College School Cooperation, College Transfer Students, Community Colleges, English (Second Language), High Risk Students, High Schools, Limited English Speaking, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Remedial Programs, School Holding Power, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: La Guardia Community Coll., Long Island City, NY.