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ERIC Number: ED427816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan-16
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Early Intervention Program at Rio Hondo College.
O'Brien, Katherine
In the fall of 1997, the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) program at Rio Hondo College (California) created the Early Intervention Program (EIP) to help recognize and support high-risk students. EOPS is a state-funded program that assists low-income, high risk students in achieving their educational goals. To identify these students and intervene as early as possible in their college careers, a customized EIP survey was distributed to students at EOPS orientations. Based on the responses, personal profiles were generated for students that highlighted self-identified needs. Students then received a group interpretation of this profile, facilitated by an EOPS counselor. Afterward they created an action plan that detailed where to get help on campus; they also scheduled follow-up appointments with counselors. In addition, workshops designed to address the needs identified in the EIP survey were offered throughout the semester. Analysis of academic performance prompted expansion of the EIP project: Sixty-nine percent of EOPS students who attended an EIP interpretation in the fall of 1998 earned a 2.0 or higher that semester, compared with only 54% of students who weren't involved with EIP. The strength of the EIP project lies not only in its ability to help quantify retention efforts, but also in its capacity to foster cooperation among college departments. Included are a sample student profile report and tables indicating the percentage of students who attended intervention by grade point average. (EMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A