ERIC Number: ED355600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
A Descriptive Profile of an Instructional Plan for Students "At Risk" of Academic Failure.
A study investigated the stories of eight students who did not complete their college education with their SOUL (Society of Unlimited Learning) classmates. SOUL was a program designed to integrate economically and academically disadvantaged black students into the life of William Paterson College (New Jersey) in the summer of 1968 and consisted of students taking two speech courses and being assigned an advisor. The original cohort of SOUL consisted of 9 female and 11 male students--8 students who did not graduate from the college underwent extensive interviews. Four dominant themes emerged: (1) all of the former students highlighted the importance they placed on both speech courses they took; (2) the relationship between the faculty advisor or mentor and the student had a significant impact on a student's capability to complete his or her college education; (3) the teachers' beliefs in their ability to teach these students was a major ingredient in their performance; and (4) the sustaining worth of the SOUL program over time was revealed in the interviews. Findings suggest that those students who did not graduate with their cohort were not failures: the program contributed to their self-confidence, oral expression skills, and love of learning--the secondary effects impacted the participants far beyond the life of SOUL and emerge as the ultimate triumph of the SOUL program. (Two tables of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A