ERIC Number: EJ712788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Building a 'Culture of Effort'. School Campuses; Program Called Success Equals Effort
Black Issues in Higher Education, v22 n5 p30 Apr 2005
When Benedict College president Dr. David Swinton noticed the nagging underperformance of his students, he instituted a new grading policy, which has become controversial. But Swinton says the policy could save remedial students, putting them back on track. When Swinton noticed the nagging underperformance of students, and especially the high dropout rates among freshmen and sophomores, he started shaking the trees for answers. Tutorials and counseling made some improvement, but scarcely cut into a disturbing pattern: A third of first-year students did not return for the second year, largely a result of academic failure. The drop-out rate was not wildly out of line with other open-admissions historically Black colleges in South Carolina, which ranged from 60 percent to 70 percent. But Swinton felt Benedict should break the cycle, or at least give it a strong try. This document describes the Swinton approach, which is an attempt of a campus-wide grading system that accommodates the deficiencies and unreadiness of many students, especially those from broken homes.
Descriptors: Grading, Educational Policy, College Presidents, Dropout Rate, Low Achievement, Disadvantaged, Black Colleges, Educational Strategies, School Holding Power
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina