ERIC Number: ED413945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
PASS: Promoting Academic Student Success. Final Report.
Miller, Kenneth; Sonner, Bruce
Active between 1993 and 1996, the Promoting Academic Student Success (PASS) Program was aimed at reducing the high percentage of failure experienced by academic probation students at Corning Community College (New York). These students typically came from non supportive environments, possessed academic deficiencies, and suffered from feelings of alienation and hopelessness. Based on management by objectives (MBO) methodology, the PASS program was devised to "save" students from academic oblivion and improve retention rates, thereby increasing revenue for the school. Students were assigned to groups of about fifteen, supervised by two leaders. Group meetings occurred at least once every two weeks. Constant contact with PASS staff, individual attention, and a sense of group commitment were emphasized. Students achieved self-command and a sense of personal control through training in time and money management, creative problem solving, study skills, and goal setting in a friendly, relaxed environment. Though the PASS program is now defunct, 32.4% of the participants are pending graduation compared to the national average graduation rate for probationary students of 13%. Barriers to the program's success included lack of both faculty and financial support. (YKH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Failure, Academic Persistence, Academic Probation, Basic Skills, Community Colleges, Enrollment Management, Group Unity, High Risk Students, Management by Objectives, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Student Adjustment, Student Attrition, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Study Skills, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Corning Community Coll., NY.