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ERIC Number: ED477438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 17
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Project CONNECT: A University's Effort to Close the Gaps.
Edmonson, Stacey; Fisher, Alice; Christensen, Judy
This paper describes Project Creating Opportunities for Navigating and Easing through College Transition (CONNECT), a program implemented by Sam Houston State University, Texas, to assist low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities to realize the possibilities of higher education. Results of an evaluation of Project CONNECT are also reported. Project CONNECT aims to have a minimum of 50% of participants persist to completion of the academic programs in which they are enrolled and at least two-thirds are expected to meet academic performance standards to stay in good standing. Project CONNECT targets students as they enter the institution and ensures that students have access to cultural events, faculty advisers, peer mentors, and other services they may need. In its first year, Project CONNECT has been very successful. A total of 150 students were full time participants, 50 each at 2 participating junior colleges and 50 at Sam Houston State University. The Project experienced a 14% graduation rate in its first year of operation, and 98% of participants were persisting toward completion of a degree. An appendix contains a summary of evaluation findings. (Contains 1 table and 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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