ERIC Number: ED316127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Health Sciences Recruitment and Retention Program.
Himburg, Susan P.
The purpose of the Health Sciences Recruitment and Retention Program at Florida International University is to increase the numbers of qualified Hispanic and black students applying to the health sciences programs and to admit and retain them. Fields of study include dietetics, medical technology, and occupational and physical therapy. The recruitment component includes development and use of a slide/tape presentation and brochures to attract black and Hispanic students. An introductory, lower division summer course is designed to attract Florida International University, community college, and high school junior minority students, and a tracking system with admissions counseling is intended to facilitate the entry of identified students. Retention activities include a summer pre-enrollment program of academic preparation and mentoring, peer counseling and tutoring, writing skill remediation, test-taking skill development, and professional behavior development. Program participants attend the university and use health sciences facilities with other students in their majors. Black enrollment in the programs increased from 9 students in 1986 to 16 in 1988, and Hispanic enrollment went from 62 to 78 in the same period. The overall retention rate was 94%. Some aspects of the program will be enhanced in the 1988-91 funding cycle. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Allied Health Occupations Education, Black Students, Developmental Studies Programs, Dietetics, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Medical Technologists, Models, Occupational Therapy, Peer Counseling, Peer Teaching, Physical Therapy, Program Descriptions, School Holding Power, State Universities, Student Recruitment, Test Wiseness, Undergraduate Study, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida International Univ., Miami. School of Health Sciences.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.