ERIC Number: ED409971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Problem of Student Retention: The Bronx Community College Solution--The Freshman Year Initiative Program.
In 1991, Bronx Community College, in New York, established the Freshman Year Initiative Program (FYIP), a comprehensive academic and counseling program designed to enhance academic achievement for a select group of first-semester students who require at least three remedial courses in English composition, reading, and/or mathematics. In order to promote student growth, with particular emphasis upon personal characteristics and interpersonal competencies, and increase retention, the FYIP implemented the following counseling components: (1) the creation of the Freshman Outreach, Caring, Understanding, and Support (FOCUS) Center, a holistic counseling center which provides confidential assistance with individual, vocational, personal, developmental, academic, and social problems through counseling interviews, psychological assessment, and relevant educational and occupational information; (2) psycho-educational testing, including the Noel-Levitz Retention Management System, Myers-Brigg Type indicator, and the California Occupational Preference Survey; (3) peer counseling and tutoring to help students adjust to the college; (4) a rapid contact counseling system to provide immediate contact with absent and "problem" students; and (5) a revised orientation and career development course that includes self-concept development and problem solving/coping skills. Preliminary results suggest that the program has been effective, with 76.5% of FYIP participants continuing enrollment from fall 1993 to fall 1994, compared to 59.3% of non-participants. Contains 20 references. A list of test publishers and the orientation and career development course syllabus are appended. (TGI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Career Development, College Freshmen, Community Colleges, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Counseling, Measures (Individuals), Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Remedial Programs, School Holding Power, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY.