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
2017-2018 Q1 Report
Learning Communities: The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a CSU systemwide 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 two courses in the fall semester and one 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 also will 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.
EOP Learning Community:
• 72 FTF attended a Welcome Event which provided an opportunity to interact with EOP staff, network with each other, and learn about resources. •EOP Break & Bowl was attended by 70 students who interacted and connected in a relaxing environment before midterms.
• EOP hosted the annual regional EOP Student Leadership Conference. This one day conference, organized by CSUF Peer Mentors and attended by 37 students from 4 CSU campuses, had a focus on EOP history, Impostor Syndrome, Historical Parallels, and Student Leadership Commitment.
• All 2018 Summer Bridge students (except one) enrolled in University 100 or Humanities 100 met with their peer mentor at least once.
University Honors Learning Community:
• Organized Poland film night and study abroad information session.
• S upported launching a new Peer-mentor program.
• Created an alumni network to support current students.
• Supported community service in conjunction with Placentia- Yorba Linda School District.
• Created Community-Building Programming focused on mental health and gratitude to community members.
• Supported faculty with student-related issues.
• Supported Health Professions Scholarly Presentations and Information for Honors students.
• Organized and compiled submissions for University Honors Center Art Wall.
Supplemental Instruction: The SI Program is exploring new bottleneck courses to support beginning spring 2019 in fulfillment of the Graduate Initiative 2025.
The Chemistry SI room is being refurbished in fall 2018, which includes the addition of new moveable tables and chairs, as well as new glass whiteboards.