ERIC Number: ED469657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Maximizing Retention for At-Risk Freshmen: The Bronx Community College Model.
Finkelstein, Jason A.
More than 90% of Bronx Community College (BCC) (New York) students require remedial coursework, and more than 90% also qualify for federal and state aid. Almost all of the freshmen at BCC are the first in their families to attend college. Most of the student body are women, many of whom have children, and there is a large population of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students. The Coordinated Freshman Program (CFP) at BCC has developed a series of interventions designed to move students through their developmental programs more rapidly. The unifying elements of these interventions include: (1) classes with 20 or fewer students; (2) counseling; (3) tutoring integrated into the classroom; (4) technology; (5) supportive learning environment; (6) qualified and experienced faculty; and (7) involvement of academic departments. The following programs are among those offered by the CFP: (1) University Skills Immersion Program, a free summer program for entering and continuing freshmen; (2) Freshman Initiative Program, which serves approximately 275 incoming freshmen each year whose scores indicate they must register for at least two developmental classes. These students enroll in five-week module programs which focus on one academic skill in an intensive format; and (3) Intersession Workshops, which offer intensive study in English, ESL, reading, and mathematics. Pass rates in CFP are 20-40% higher than in regular college offerings. (NB)
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