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ERIC Number: ED369375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-22
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Excel: An Intensive and Structured Program of Advising and Academic Support To Assist Minority Freshmen To Succeed at a Large State University.
Brigham, Thomas A.; And Others
This paper describes an academic assistance program designed to help ethnic minority students adjust to the demands of university life and succeed both academically and personally. The Excel program has three major components: a two-semester, two-credit core seminar; weekly instructional support groups; and peer led tutorial/discussion groups. The results of the first 2 years of the program are presented in which 62 at-risk Excel students had their performance compared to other minority and majority freshmen at Washington State University. These comparison studies show the Excel students performed significantly better than other students from minority groups and equal to or better than majority students. The lessons from this experience indicate that minority students on majority campuses need to be both challenged and encouraged to compete academically with their majority peers as well as to develop and pursue their own goals. The program's results are discussed in terms of the variables that appear to affect minority student success at large universities. The appendix provides the grading procedures for two psychology classes. Contains 22 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A