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									2008 Portland State Umbrella Tour




        “Students First”
       Promoting Student
     Success and Retention



                                Peter Collier & the Students First Staff
    Two Students First
        Projects

• Students First Mentoring Project

• Students First Success System
 The Students First
Mentoring Program
      (SFMP)
 Students First Mentoring Program
     (SFMP) is a four year pilot
intervention designed to improve
      first generation student
 performance and persistence at
      PSU through expertise-
     development mentoring
         Conceptual
           Model

Collier & Morgan’s 2-Path Model of
         Academic Success
         Traditional Model
Student’s                         Student’s
 Abilities                      Performances




             Understanding of
             Course Material
Two Path Model
            Understanding of
               Professor’s
Student’s     Expectations          Student’s
Abilities                         Performances


Cultural                           Demonstrated
Capital                              Capacity
                                      Actual
Academic
                                     Capacity
  Skills


            Understanding of
             Course Material
                       Collier & Morgan, 2007
 Expertise development mentoring
  involves mentors sharing useful
         information about
• what to do in order to succeed at
the university,
• insights into the culture of higher
education, and
• tips on how to become “more
expert” students.
  Conceptual model of intervention


                Improved student
                    expertise




Participation                       academic
  in SFMP                          performance
                                    & retention
 •SFMP positively impacts low-income,
first generation freshmen retention
 •SFMP positively impacts low-income,
first generation freshmen gpa.
•SFMP positively impacts the average
number of credits earned by first
generation freshmen
•Participating in SFMP positively impacts
students’ level of expertise
The Students First
 Success System
     (SFSS)
Partnership between University Studies,
  Sociology and Applied Linguistics


 SFSS takes the SFMP model
      for promoting 1st
     generation student
  success and extends it to
   ALL incoming students
    First, SFSS explicitly identifies

   a range of potential college

adjustment issues that new students

are likely to encounter during their

       first year on campus.
Students First Points of Impact

                Understanding of
            Professor’s Expectations
Student’s                                Student’s
Abilities                              Performances
             A
 Cultural
                                       Demonstrated
 Capital
                                         Capacity

Academic                                  Actual
  Skills                                 Capacity



               Understanding of
                Course Material
      Second , SFSS provides

    participating students with

    tools designed to connect

   them with the wide range of

available campus support services.
Students First Points of Impact

                Understanding of
            Professor’s Expectations
Student’s                                Student’s
Abilities                              Performances
             AB
 Cultural
                                       Demonstrated
 Capital
                                         Capacity

Academic                                  Actual
  Skills                                 Capacity



               Understanding of
                Course Material
        Third, SFSS provides
students with a variety of scripts for
   how to use specific campus
resources appropriately as well as
     strategies for key campus
            interactions
Students First Points of Impact

                Understanding of
            Professor’s Expectations
Student’s                                Student’s
Abilities                              Performances
             AB                C
 Cultural
                                       Demonstrated
 Capital
                                         Capacity

Academic                                  Actual
  Skills                                 Capacity



               Understanding of
                Course Material
 SFSS Resource
    Website
http://sfss.pdx.edu
Implications
 Colleges and Universities
 need to be more explicit
in conveying expectations
 and the “culture of higher
  education” to students
Expertise development
 mentoring promotes
academic success and
       retention.
On-line delivery of student
    support resources
promotes student success
      and retention
“Access without support is not
        opportunity”


      Dr. Vincent Tinto
     Syracuse University
Dr. Peter Collier
Professor of Sociology
Director,Students First Mentoring Program
University Studies’ Faculty-in-Residence
for Retention
cfpc@pdx.edu
503-725-3961

								
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