ERIC Number: ED324673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-14
Reference Count: 0
The AFY Program at UNHM: Reaching Out to Underprepared Students.
The Alternative Freshman Year (AFY) program instituted at a community college extension of an eastern university can serve as a model for other developmental education programs. The program, now in its fourth year, helps to upgrade the language and math skills of academically and emotionally unprepared students. Students are admitted to the program only if they are in a degree program and exhibit motivation for learning in a pre-enrollment interview. During the fall semester AFY offers two sections each of math and language for non-credit, and during the second semester the classes remain relatively intact when the courses become credit bearing. The initial focus in language sections is on study skills including learning styles, motivation, study habits, note-taking, SQ3R, and test-taking. Students begin journal writing from day one and practice reading skills, the writing process, and word processing. Students also receive additional support in a weekly one-hour lab which supplements classroom instruction and provides them an opportunity to experiment with some strategies and skills in a non-threatening environment. Weekly conferences with students are also held outside of class with each student to monitor individual progress. Finally, counselors address each class four or five times each semester to provide "survival tips," and former AFY students serve as mentors and class-link tutors by leading essay workshops and presenting role models of success. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Northeast Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Albany, NY, October 12-14, 1989).