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ERIC Number: ED348096
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-7
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Freshman Retention Project at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Curtis, Stephen M.; Harte, Joyce
At Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) in New York, the student body is 55% Black, 29% Hispanic, 7% Asian, and 9% White and other ethnic groups. Placement testing indicates that 70% of entering freshmen require some form of remediation. As part of BMCC's efforts to improve first-year retention rates, students requiring remediation have the option of enrolling in a free, 6-week intensive remedial summer session. In addition, all first-year students enroll in a year-long freshman orientation course taught by a member of the counseling staff. In the 1989-90 academic year, BMCC initiated the Freshman Year Project (FYP), appointing a five-member committee which focused its efforts on advisement/counseling, curricular reform, and faculty development. Beginning in fall 1990, 10 full-time faculty members conducted orientations in small intensive sessions which met throughout the semester for a pilot group of 20 entering freshmen. In 1991, 50 full-time faculty members participated in the orientation. As a curriculum initiative, the FYP identified four courses with high attrition rates, reduced class size to 20 students, and introduced teaching assistants who also served as out-of-class tutors. By spring 1991, the initiative included 18 course sections. In addition, paired and blocked course sequences were introduced. In the area of faculty development, a group of 12 semester-long seminars was developed and overseen by the FYP committee; among the seminars were "New Paradigms, Old Paradigms: How Students Learn,""What We Know about Our Students,""Sexism in the Classroom,""Black English Workshop," and "Learning with Video." (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A