High Impact Practices
Establish Learning Communities
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a CSU systemwide program which targets first-generation and historically disadvantaged students. One of the components of EOP is the 6-week Summer Bridge transitional program. Summer Bridge students have great potential but enter the University with lower academic preparation than other CSUF students. In previous years, Summer Bridge participants were not provided programming after the summer ended. SSI funds will provide the opportunity to design and develop a first-year Learning Community that will offer students opportunities to connect, engage, and learn.
Progress and Accomplishments
2019-2020 Q3 Report
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a CSU system wide program which targets first-generation and historically underserved students. One of the components of EOP is a residential Summer Bridge transitional program. Summer Bridge students have great potential but enter the University having overcome many obstacles. In previous years, Summer Bridge participants were not provided programming after the summer ended. SSI funds will provide the opportunity to design and develop a first-year Learning Community that will offer students opportunities to connect, engage, and learn. For the 2018-2019 year, EOP will provide students with high impact activities to increase the retention of Summer Bridge students. Partnerships will be developed with academic units to offer a 3-term cohort-based learning community for first-time freshman EOP students. This Learning Community starts in the summer and extends into the academic year by providing at least 2 courses in the fall semester and 1 course in spring semester that are exclusive to EOP students. Funding will continue to support events designed to build community. Increase capacity in the EOP computer lab and Peer Mentoring area. SSI funding will also be used by the Honors Program Department to hire a part-time, fiscal year renewal staff member who will plan programs to facilitate a sense of community among the honors students.
University Honors Program part-time Co-Curricular Coordinator supports the Director and Associate Director of the University Honors Program in offering enriched extracurricular and co-curricular activities for Honors Students to complement the academic focus of the program. Organizes events, lectures, symposia and other outreach or community building and engagement opportunities. He collaborates with campus partners to create an environment that fosters intellectual inquiry, dialogue across social barriers and leadership in community-building.
• January through March 2020 EOP offered workshops for Learning Community students. The workshops were, Professional Etiquette and Study Abroad.
• EOP also offered a facilitated learning activity for Learning Community students in conjunction with the Read 290 faculty. Students were asked to bring their first assignment for review and feedback.
• Peer Mentors continued to meet with mentees and offered a workshop on how to enroll in a community college during summer.
• A spring semester Kick-off event was offered to EOP students.
University Honors Program:
• Established Service Learning class with support for First year students
• Co-Curricular programing (focused on selfcare and transition to virtual learning)
• Facilitated (virtual) peer-mentoring program
• Support for production and presentation of Senior Honors Research Projects
*Budget Allocation is split between the Increase Supplemental Instruction and the Establish Learning Communities areas