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ERIC Number: EJ839446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-11
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Beating the At-Risk Odds
Pluviose, David
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v25 n22 p14-15 Dec 2008
When administrators at Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia, Maryland, were planning the 2000 launch of the Silas Craft Collegians Program, which caters to at-risk students at the low end of the academic preparedness spectrum, they had to start from scratch. Though originally designed to respond to challenges Black males face, Dr. Pamela M. Cornell, director of the Craft Collegians Program, says the program is open to all high school seniors who struggle academically, not just students who "have excellent grades because that's not whom we're targeting." Craft Collegians are typically recruited as high school seniors, and when they graduate, they begin their HCC experience as a group in a summer retreat at which they are prepared for the rigors of college life and engage in a host of personal development activities. Among the first cohort that entered the program in 2000, 30.4 percent graduated from HCC or transferred to a four-year college. The graduation or transfer rate for the next two cohorts was 31.6 percent and 37.5 percent, respectively, according to Ron Roberson, vice president of academic affairs. Those figures don't capture the students who drop out and return and ultimately persist, he says.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland