Student Support talks on engaging 1st yr. students
Improving academic performance, student persistence, and first-year students' level of engagement are goals every university strives to achieve. UW-Parkside's Chris Zanowski, Alfredo Sandoval-Flores, and Amy Castelic recently spoke on the university's success in these areas during a conference in Missouri.
The UW-Parkside trio presented "Engaging First-Year Students with Project Success First-Year Structured Learning Community" at the 38th Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) Conference in Kansas City Nov. 11-14. They focused on the unique features of Student Support Services' (SSS) Project Success program including: a summer bridge component, a first-year seminar, and extended class time with instructors for academic developmental skill classes. The program has been demonstrated to help academic performance, student persistence, and engagement in the first year.
MAEOPP is a non-profit consortium of professionals working to assure equal educational opportunity for first generation, low income, and disabled students. It is the representative professional body for colleges, universities, and agencies hosting federally-funded TRIO educational opportunity programs in ten Midwestern states.In a pre-conference, Zanowski and Sandoval-Flores completed the "MAEOPP Institute for Advancement of Leadership and Program Management." The institute was held to improve participants' SSS projects by increasing their knowledge of TRIO legislation, project management skills, federal regulations, and Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education standards. The institute was designed to increase the credibility of educational opportunity programs to participants' institutions.