ERIC Number: ED390476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on Retention: Proposed Mission of General Counseling into the 21st Century.
Santa Rita, Emilio
Retention strategies at New York's Bronx Community College (BCC) aim to keep students enrolled long enough to realize their educational or occupational goals. Actual practices, however, can be categorized into distinct patterns which can provide a basis for planning the future mission of counseling. Some strategies are designed to sort the student body into meaningful subsets (e.g., students at risk, undecided students, or monolingual students), with possible new directions at BCC being the assessment of high- and moderate-risk students and students on probation or suspension waiver. Other strategies can be categorized as supporting in that they strive to ease students' problems with everyday life to help them maintain their status as students. Possible avenues for improvement related to supporting include psychological assessment, more study skills workshops, and more career and job placement workshops. Other strategies are aimed at helping students connect to the institution. BCC should consider the use of academic advising student mentors and computer literacy peer support programs to enhance these efforts. Finally, other strategies are aimed at transforming students from passive to active or failure threatened to achievement motivated students. New directions related to transformation strategies include a summer bridge program to offer classes between spring and fall requiring self-empowerment assignments in computer workshops. Contains 61 references. (TGI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, Counseling Services, Counselor Role, Educational Environment, High Risk Students, Program Improvement, School Counselors, School Holding Power, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Student Placement, Student School Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY. Dept. of Student Development.