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.

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Progress and Accomplishments

2017-2018 Plan for the Year Report

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Learning Communities: 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.

Starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, the learning communities area will be expanding to support the University Honors Program. A part-time staff member will provide much needed support to the program with the hope of enriching extracurricular and co-curricular activities. The staff will support organizing events, lectures, symposia and other outreach or community building and engagement opportunities. Staff will provides overall support to the program when needed.

 

 

 

 

Learning Communities: Enrolled 55 students in Summer Bridge. Participants took GE Math 110/10S course during the 5 weeks. 40 students are enrolled in a Summer Bridge FYE University 100 course. The remaining students are enrolled in HHD University 100 or Humanities 100 courses.

Learning Communities:
• Hired 5 peer mentors who are embedded in the University 100 and Humanities 100 courses.
• Hired a graduate assistant and student assistant. One will coordinate events and design assessment. The other will design a bimonthly newsletter, update website, and assist with transfer student activities.
• Complete hiring for new Honors Program staff member by end of Fall 2018.