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ERIC Number: EJ762807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-8
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
From the Inner City to the Elite
Farmer, Ann
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v22 n15 p36-39 Sep 2005
Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, offers to a select group of community college students from around the U.S., an intensive summer program called Exploring Transfer. Exploring Transfer, which recently completed its 21st summer season, is hailed as an affirmative-action program that provides a much-needed educational boost to its diverse, low-income participants. The program runs for five weeks, during which the 45 or so students live on-campus and are showered with a healthy mix of support, challenge and freedom. Dr. Andrew Bush, the Vassar faculty director of Exploring Transfer, explains that the aim of the fully funded program is not to choose students with the highest grade-point average, but to pick those who have perhaps experienced an unsuccessful first semester at community college or possibly even dropped out, but returned. One of the goals of the program is to encourage students to continue to a four-year college after completing their associate's degree. Bush estimates that of the 800 to 900 community college students who have attended the Vassar program, more than 90 percent have gone on to four-year colleges. Approximately 100 of them have attended Vassar. He adds, "Their success at Vassar has been phenomenal," citing a tendency for them to achieve high grade-point averages and assume student leadership roles.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York