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Title: A Welcoming Portal of Entry: Creating Collaborative and Comprehensive Programs for Entering Student Success


1
A Welcoming Portal of Entry Creating
Collaborative and Comprehensive Programs for
Entering Student Success
  • University College Indiana University Purdue
    University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Scott Evenbeck, Ph.D.
  • University College Indiana University Purdue
    University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
  • Barbara Jackson, Ph.D.
  • University College, University of Texas at El
    Paso (UTEP)
  • Maggy Smith, Ph.D.
  • University College, University of Texas at El
    Paso (UTEP)
  • Dorothy Ward, Ph.D.
  • International Conference on The First-Year
    Experience
  • Toronto, Canada July 25, 2006

2
  • University Colleges provide a structure to
  • address the need for a comprehensive
  • approach to entering students.

3
  • This is achieved by
  • Providing efficiency, effectiveness, and
    sustainability
  • Facilitating collaborations on and off campus
  • Improving opportunities for grants

4
  • Re-organization into UC structures has
    facilitated college entry and has increased
    student success at both institutions

5
UTEP University College
  • The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
  • On the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Urban commuter campus
  • Public comprehensive four year university
  • Doctoral/Research Intensive
  • Enrollment 19,264 (Fall 2005)
  • Undergraduate 16,033
  • Graduate 3,231

6
UTEP University College, Cont.
  • Student Profile
  • 24 years average age (undergraduate)
  • 13,225 full-time 6,039 part-time
  • 72 Hispanic
  • 85 from El Paso County
  • 98 commuter
  • 81 employed
  • 60 receive financial assistance
  • 54 first-generation college students

7
UTEP University College, Cont.
  • UC Programs
  • Academic Advising Center
  • Enrollment Services Center
  • Student Success Programs
  • Honors House
  • Junior Scholars
  • Student Leadership Institute

8
UTEP University College, Cont.
  • Tutoring and Learning Center
  • Entering Student Program
  • University Studies (First-Year Seminar, Learning
    Communities)
  • CircLES (Pre-Science, Pre-Engineering Program)
  • Developmental Education

9
UTEP University College, Cont.
  • University College Structure to Increase Student
    Success
  • Establish a peer relationship with other
    colleges
  • Increase campus sensitivity to first-year
    students
  • Elevate prestige of working with first-year
    students

10
UTEP University College, Cont.
  • Mission
  • UTEPs University College is dedicated to
    providing students with services and support
    needed to enter the University and have a
    positive educational experience. With a focus on
    access and excellence, the University College is
    committed to serving its diverse student
    population by providing effective and efficient
    academic programs and student services that
    enhance success in a supportive learning
    environment.

11
UTEP University College
  • Goals
  • Establish partnerships within the University
    community that promote a supportive academic
    learning environment
  • Enhance University College communications
  • Use technology to enhance service to students,
    streamline operations, and integrate services
  • Prepare students for college-level work
  • Streamline registration processes

12
IUPUI University College
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
    (IUPUI)
  • Downtown Indianapolis
  • Public comprehensive four year institution
  • Over 185 academic programs
  • Doctoral/Research Intensive
  • Enrollment - 28,594
  • Undergraduate 20,181
  • Graduate 8,413

13
IUPUI University College, Cont.
  • Student Profile
  • 16,699 full-time students
  • 11,823 part-time students
  • 57.6 female 42.4 male
  • Students from 50 states 125 countries all 92
    Indiana counties
  • 52 under 25 years of age
  • About 56 are first generation
  • Around 42 work more than 20 hours a week

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IUPUI University College, Cont.
  • UC Programs
  • Honors
  • Advising
  • Pre-College Programs
  • New Student Orientation
  • Learning Center
  • Student Support Services
  • Career Center
  • Student Athlete Mentoring
  • First-Year Seminars
  • Critical Inquiry
  • Summer Academy Bridge Program

15
IUPUI University College, Cont.
  • Co-Sponsored Programs
  • Math Assistance Center
  • Writing Assistance Center
  • Campus and Community Life
  • Gateway
  • Center for Service Learning
  • Thematic Learning Communities

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IUPUI University College, Cont.
  • MISSION
  • University College is the academic unit at IUPUI
    that provides a common gateway to the academic
    programs available to entering students.
    University College coordinates existing
    university resources and develops new initiatives
    to promote academic excellence and enhance
    student persistence. It provides a setting where
    faculty, staff, and students share in the
    responsibility for making IUPUI a supportive and
    challenging environment for learning.
  •  
  • PRINCIPLES
  • University College will achieve its mission
    through the
  • Promotion of student learning
  • Focus on individual student success
  • Establishment of its own traditions and
    recognition of accomplishments
  • Provision of a quality first year experience
  • Development of strong connections with the
    degree-granting units
  • Commitment to faculty and staff development
  • Creation of a community that values diversity
  • Implementation of collaborative governance built
    on individual responsibility
  • Commitment to intentional reflection and
    assessment

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Essential Features of Successful UC Model
  • Collaborations with P-12
  • Campus collaborations among all units serving
    students at entry
  • Joint staff, advising and faculty appointments
  • Curricular approaches
  • Strong academic support services
  • Assessment

18
Campus and Community Collaborations
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Campus and Community Collaborations
  • Collaborations with P-12

20
IUPUI University College
  • Collaborations with P-12 System
  • Pre-College Programs
  • College Preparatory Initiatives (Grades 3-7)
  • Twenty-First Century Scholars (Grades 7-12)
  • Upward Bound (Grades 9-12)

21
UTEP University College
  • Collaboration with P-12 System
  • College Readiness Initiative
  • Partners UTEP, El Paso Community College, School
    Districts
  • Components Orientation to placement, placement
    test, intervention, and re-test
  • Dual Credit Courses and Junior Scholars

22
Campus and Community Collaborations
  • Collaborations Among Units Serving Students at
    Entry

23
UTEP University College
  • Collaboration among University Departments
  • Integrate services through restructuring
  • Coordinate the University College calendar
  • Share/pool funds for program effectiveness
  • Partner to enhance employee training

24
IUPUI University College
  • Close collaborations with
  • Enrollment Center
  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid

25
Campus and Community Collaborations
  • Joint Appointments

26
IUPUI University College
  • Of 27 advisors, 11 are jointly appointed with
    degree-granting units
  • Lecturers jointly appointed with departments of
    English, Communication Studies, Anthropology,
    Biology, University Library, and Mathematics
  • 40 senior faculty representing all schools on
    campus appointed to UC
  • Adjunct faculty appointments drawn from across
    campus

27
UTEP University College
  • Collaboration with Faculty and Staff
  • Advisor/Lecturers jointly appointed with
    Academic Advising Center and ESP (8 of 18) and
    College of Business and ESP (3 of 5)
  • Lecturers jointly appointed with departments of
    Communications, ESL, History, and Sociology
  • Assistant professors jointly appointed with
    departments of English, Mathematics, Physics, and
    Teacher Education
  • Campus-wide faculty and staff support

28
  • Curriculum-based Approaches

29
UTEP University College
  • Curricular Approaches
  • New Student Orientation (NSO)
  • GeneralFirst-Year and Transfer
  • Enhanced NSO
  • CircLES NSO
  • University 1301
  • Learning Communities
  • SmartSTART Summer Bridge
  • Student Leadership Institute

30
IUPUI University College
  • Curricular Approaches
  • New Student Orientation
  • First Year Seminar Learning Communities
  • U112 Critical Inquiry
  • Bridge program - IUPUI Summer Academy

31
  • Strong Academic Support Services

32
IUPUI University College
  • Support for learning through
  • Advising
  • Peer Mentors
  • Technology
  • Learning Center
  • Math and Writing Centers
  • Structured Learning Assistance
  • Supplemental Instruction

33
UTEP University College
  • Academic Support
  • Developmental Advising
  • Peer Leaders
  • Instructor Development Workshops
  • Online Academic Support Modules
  • Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC)
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Transfer Student Support

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Assessment
35
UTEP University College
  • Assessment activities include
  • Comprehensive Assessment Plan
  • Monitoring
  • Enrollment trends
  • Retention rates
  • Learning outcomes
  • Student engagement
  • Academic advising success
  • External reviews

36
UTEP University College
  • Examples of assessment findings

37
UTEP - Findings on Outcomes University 1301
Student Feedback
38
UTEP - Findings on Outcomes University
Instructor Feedback
39
UTEP - Findings on Outcomes University Peer
Leader Feedback
40
UTEP Impact of Participation in a First-Year
Seminar One-Year Retention Rates -1999-2003
  • Entered fall/
    Entered fall/
  • enrolled in never
    enrolled in
  • seminar seminar
  • Fall 74.1 60.9
  • 1999
  • Fall 74.3 45.6
  • 2000
  • Fall 73.4 42.7
  • 2001
  • Fall 72.0 52.5
  • 2002
  • Fall 70.5 50.3
  • 2003

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UTEP - First Term Average GPA Based on Analysis
of Covariance
Entered fall/ Enrolled in Entered Fall /
Never seminar in fall
enrolled in seminar
Fall 1999 2.72 2.16 Fall 2000
2.76 1.85 Fall 2001 2.78
1.99 Fall 2002 2.72 2.33 Fall
2003 2.76 2.18 NOTE Does not
include students without an SAT score. Effects
of ethnicity and gender have been removed P lt 0.01
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IUPUI University College
  • Comprehensive assessment plan including
  • Needs
  • Process
  • Outcomes
  • Retention and persistence
  • Academic performance
  • Learning outcomes
  • Satisfaction
  • Engagement
  • Comprehensive external reviews

43
IUPUI University College
  • Examples of assessment findings

44
Findings on Outcomes Students Report of
Improvement in Abilities
  • Find resources at IUPUI 62
  • Use the library 53
  • Seek help when needed 52
  • Use online resources 51
  • Understand course expectations 47
  • Participation in class discussion 47
  • Manage own time 39
  • Cope with stress 28
  • Write for course assignments 24
  • Think critically 23
  • (n 221)

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Findings on Outcomes Students Report of
Changes in Behavior
  • About half of the 221 students reported changes
    in one or both of two clusters of attitudes and
    behavior
  • Becoming a better student
  • Taking course demands more seriously
  • Developing better study habits
  • Organizing time better
  • Becoming more outgoing
  • Trying to get to know students and instructors in
    other courses
  • Expressing self more, having more self-confidence

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Impact of Participation in a First-Year 2004
Seminar One-Year Retention
Type of Admit First Year Seminar N Retention Rate Adjusted Rate
Regular Admits Non-Participants 287 66 66
Regular Admits Participants 799 75 75
Regular Admits Overall 1086 72
Conditional Admits Non-Participants 174 48 51
Conditional Admits Participants 486 62 61
Conditional Admits Overall 660 58
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Impact of Participation in a First-Year 2004
Seminar One-Year Retention
Type of Admit First Year Seminar N Retention Rate Adjusted Rate
Regular Admits Non-Participants 230 64 67
Regular Admits Participants 996 74 73
Regular Admits Overall 1226 72
Conditional Admits Non-Participants 183 44 45
Conditional Admits Participants 698 56 56
Conditional Admits Overall 881 54
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Fall 2003 Impact of Participation in a
First-Year Seminar on One-Year Retention  
First-Year Seminar N Retention Rate Adjusted Retention
Non-Participants 461 59 61
Participants 1285 70 69
Overall 1746 67
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Fall 2004 Impact of Participation in a
First-Year Seminar on One-Year Retention  
First-Year Seminar N Retention Rate Adjusted Retention
Non-Participants 385 58 61
Participants 1605 68 67
Overall 1990 66
50
Spring 2005 Impact of Participation in a
Critical Inquiry Course
51
2004 Impact of Participation in the Summer
Academy Program
Summer Academy N Average Fall GPA Adjusted Fall GPA
Participants 157 2.75 2.74
Non-Participants 1286 2.56 2.56
Overall 1443 2.58
52
2003 Impact of Participation in the Summer
Academy Program
Summer Academy N Retn Rate Adjusted Retn Rate
Participants 125 78 79
Non-Participants 1160 69 69
Overall 1285 70
53
2004 Impact of Participation in the Summer
Academy Program
Summer Academy N Retn Rate Adjusted Retn Rate
Participants 163 72 71
Non-Participants 1460 67 67
Overall 1623 68
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2004 Impact of Participation in the Summer
Academy Program
Summer Academy N Average Fall GPA Adjusted Fall GPA
Participants 157 2.75 2.74
Non-Participants 1286 2.56 2.56
Overall 1443 2.58
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Themed Learning Communities and the NSSE Results
Made a class presentation, t(362) 2.35, p .020
Enrolled in Themed Learning Community? N Mean Std. Deviation Std. Error Mean
Made a class presentation Yes 27 2.59 .797 .153
Made a class presentation No 337 2.20 .829 .045
Worked with classmates outside of class to
prepare class assignments, t(361) 2.55, p.011
Enrolled in Themed Learning Community? N Mean Std. Deviation Std. Error Mean
Worked with classmates OUTSIDE OF CLASS to prepare class assignments Yes 27 2.59 .888 .171
Worked with classmates OUTSIDE OF CLASS to prepare class assignments No 336 2.17 .818 .045
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Participated in a community-based project as part
of a class, t(362) 2.34, p.020
Enrolled in Themed Learning Community? N Mean Std. Deviation Std. Error Mean
Participated in a community-based project (e.g., service learning) as part of a regular course Yes 27 2.04 .854 .164
Participated in a community-based project (e.g., service learning) as part of a regular course No 337 1.65 .825 .045
Talked about career plans with a faculty member
or advisor, t(362) 1.84, p.067
Enrolled in Themed Learning Community? N Mean Std. Deviation Std. Error Mean
Talked about career plans with a faculty member or advisor Yes 27 2.48 .849 .163
Talked about career plans with a faculty member or advisor No 337 2.18 .816 .044
Attended an art exhibit, gallery, play, dance, or
theatre performance, t(347) 1.85, p.065
Enrolled in Themed Learning Community? N Mean Std. Deviation Std. Error Mean
Attended an art exhibit, gallery, play, dance, or other theater performance Yes 27 1.85 .864 .166
Attended an art exhibit, gallery, play, dance, or other theater performance No 322 1.56 .784 .044
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Enrolled in Themed Learning Community? N Mean Std. Deviation Std. Error Mean
Work on a research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements Yes 27 2.19 .962 .185
Work on a research project with a faculty member outside of course or program requirements No 322 1.85 .937 .052
Quality of relationships with administrative
personnel and offices, t(347) 2.21, p.028
Enrolled in Themed Learning Community? N Mean Std. Deviation Std. Error Mean
Quality Your relationships with administrative personnel and offices Yes 27 5.52 1.221 .235
Quality Your relationships with administrative personnel and offices No 322 4.87 1.493 .083
Worked on a research project with a faculty
member outside of course or program requirements,
t(347) 1.79, p.074
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Challenges
  • Campus recognition of importance of work with
    entering students
  • Internal competition for resources
  • Rigorous assessment outcomes expectations
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