Research Reports on College Transitions Series 10

Aligning Institutional Support for Student Success

Case Studies of Sophomore-Year Initiatives

Edited by Tracy L. Skipper
September 2019
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  • Publisher
    National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
  • Published
    10th September 2019
  • ISBN 9781942072416
  • Language English
  • Pages 82 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 11"

Traditionally, institutional supports for college student success have been concentrated in the first and senior years, though attention to the sophomore year has increased over the last two decades. Paying attention to the second college year is vitally important, as some evidence suggests students are more likely to leave their institution during this time than they are in the first year. The case studies of sophomore initiatives featured in this volume describe programs that build on institutional objectives for the first college year and prepare students for the transition to the major and, ultimately, graduation. Rich program descriptions and discussions of assessment provide practitioners focused on designing a cohesive undergraduate experience excellent models to guide their work.

Introduction: Aligning Student Success Initiatives Across the Undergraduate Experience

Colorado College: Sophomore Programs

Indiana State University: The Summer Career Exploration Experience

The Ohio State University: Second-Year Transformational Experience Program

Purdue University: Statistics Living Learning Community

Sonoma State University: The Sophomore Year Experience

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College: Bridge to the Program of Study

University of California San Diego: 2Excel and 2Connect Programs

University of South Carolina: The SophoMORE Initiative

University of South Florida - Tampa: Using Case Management to Support Sophomore Persistence

University of Texas at Austin: The University Leadership Network

Conclusion: Reflections and Recommendations

Tracy L. Skipper

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