ERIC Number: ED416912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-12
Reference Count: N/A
Counselor-Mediated Contracts in Self-Management for Students in the New Start Program.
Santa Rita, Emilio D., Jr.
In an effort to help students on academic suspension achieve full academic status and succeed in college, New York's Bronx Community College developed the New Start program, a portfolio-based intervention strategy utilizing personal success contracts. Students participating in the program complete guided self-assessments, identify problem areas, carry out contract assignments to solve their particular problems, collect and revise information, and prepare a formal written plan of action for moving ahead with college study in the form of a portfolio. First, participants assess their academic performance by completing a self-assessment. New Start uses five main areas of self-assessment: (1) Initial statement of barriers to success; (2) transcript grade analysis; (3) time management analysis; (4) review of study skills and study habits; and (5) reconsideration of academic majors and career goals. Once the self-assessment is complete, counselors intervene to assist students in utilizing and defining this initial criteria. Counselors serve as contract mediators by monitoring student progress, measuring the actual extent of problem behaviors, mediating strategies to change behaviors, and maintaining the change strategy. Contains 22 references. A sample self-assessment form for program participants is attached. (BCY)
Descriptors: Academic Probation, Community Colleges, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Role, Educational Counseling, Educational Strategies, Evaluation Methods, High Risk Students, Performance Contracts, Portfolio Assessment, Program Descriptions, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Behavior, Student Educational Objectives, Student Role, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bronx Community Coll., NY.