ERIC Number: ED316114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Behavioral Systems Analysis Project: Student Attrition, Minority Participation, and Relevant Education.
Malott, Richard W.
The program addresses three areas of concern at Western Michigan University: student attrition, minority student participation, and educational relevance. The project was based on previous work suggesting that students can more nearly achieve their optimum performance when programs provide clear-cut objectives, frequent accountability, and experiential learning, accomplished most cost-effectively with student paraprofessional apprentices. A pilot program was begun in 1981 to help students on academic probation, using performance contracts. At the same time, a pilot program to encourage black students to study psychology was started. The Behavior Systems Analysis Project came about to train graduate students, particularly minority students, to work on student retention and minority participation as a career focus. At the Center for Self-Management of Academic Performance, behavioral performance management techniques were used to help high-risk college students achieve academic success. A research supervisory system has also been successful in helping graduate students finish theses and dissertations in a timely fashion. As of 1988, black students in the Behavioral Systems Analysis Program have achieved eight Master of Arts degrees, four admissions to the university's doctoral program in psychology, one Doctorate, and completion of two doctoral dissertation orals. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Academic Probation, Black Students, College Students, Cost Effectiveness, Experiential Learning, Graduate Students, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Minority Groups, Models, Performance Contracts, Program Descriptions, Relevance (Education), School Holding Power, State Universities, Student Educational Objectives, Study Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo. Dept. of Psychology.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.