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ERIC Number: EJ788426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Enhance Student Advising and Academic and Life Supports
Kiker, Jason
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v83 n3 p44-48 Mar 2008
This article, part of a yearlong series, focuses on the fifth recommendation in ACTE's postsecondary reform position statement which is to enhance student advising and academic and life supports. The availability of effective student supports can play a critical role in student enrollment, persistence and completion of postsecondary credentials. Guidance and advising is vital to help students select programs that match well with their interests and skills. Additionally, helping them address life challenges that they may face outside the classroom can play a tremendous role in whether students succeed in postsecondary education or not. This article describes the Puente Project which was created at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California, in 1981 by a community college counselor and an English professor who were concerned about the high dropout rate for Latino and Hispanic students. When the pilot program proved highly effective in student retention and academic performance, Puente's mission was refocused to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The success of the program model has led to its replication in 56 community colleges. Puente's model includes an academically challenging curriculum, support networks of specially trained teachers, professors and counselors and outreach programs to involve parents, families and members of the local community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Wisconsin