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1 Top Ten Students: The First Year Kathryn Doherty Office of Assessment June 27, 2006

2 What Is This Study About? Looks at the experience of 188 students enrolled in the Top Ten program Spring 06 Uses a 47-item questionnaire and 4 focus groups to collect information Has data from 108 students who completed the survey and 35 students who participated in focus groups Looks at incoming data for 403 Top Ten candidates Asks what happened and what can we do better

3 Who Were our 05-06 Top Ten Students Race/Ethnicity: 50% African American, 38% White 53% Baltimore City, 47% Baltimore County Gender: 24% Male, 76% Female Mean HS GPA: 3.56 Mean TU GPA: 2.40 Mean SAT score: 925

4 Where Did Our 05-06 Top Ten Students Come From? 47% from Baltimore City high schools 53% from Baltimore County high schools 63% commute to Towson 37% live on campus

5 Who Were the Top Ten Students Who Responded to the Survey? 63% commute to Towson 45% spend 6 or more hours a week commuting 53% spend 5 hours a week or less studying

6 What Do Top Ten Students Say About Their Overall Experience? 82% of respondents rate their academic courses at TU as Good or Excellent Almost 80% of respondents rate their overall experience at TU as Good or Excellent

7 How Does This Compare With All First Year Students at TU? Top Ten Students NSSE First Year Overall Experience Good or Excellent 80%87%

8 What Do Top Ten Students Say About Their Academic Preparation? 63% felt that they were Somewhat or A Little prepared for Towsons academic programs 40% felt it was Difficult or Very Difficult to earn As or Bs in their TU classes 65% felt their academic skill level impacted their first year performance Some or A Lot

9 How Does This Compare With First Year Students Overall? Top Ten Students First Year Students Overall Difficult to earn As and Bs 40%36%

10 What Was the Top Ten First Year Like? Transition to Towson was tough High school did not prepare them well enough Time management skills were a major problem

11 What Did Top Ten Students Feel Like? Culture shock was really hard Friendliness was an issue. No one talks. No extra curricular activities for commuters Hard to get used to students who were so different Stuck with their groups, didnt want to step out of the box

12 Top Ten Students Feel Supported… 86% of respondents said Towson provided the support they needed to succeed academically 76% Said it was not difficult at all or only somewhat difficult to get support for academic work 79% said the quality of academic advising at Towson was Excellent or Good

13 Yet Not Connected… 57% never met with their Top Ten mentor 58% never met with a tutor 45% never participated in co- curricular activities 36% never studied with students outside class

14 And Not Engaged at Towson 83% Never participated in intramurals 56% never participated in cultural events 85% never participated in student government 70% never volunteered on campus or in the community 45% never participated in clubs or organizations

15 How Does This Compare? Top TenCIRPNSSE Never participated in co-curricular 45%20%41% Never studied with others outside of class 36%15%16% Never volunteered 70%22%29%

16 Top Ten Students Tried to Adjust… I wasnt used to having different classes and a different schedule. Time management was an issue. So was getting up on time. There was no help here…

17 But Had Trouble with Transition… I was the valedictorian in my high school. I thought college would be easy when I came here and it wasnt. Also, the commute was overwhelming…

18 And Felt the Loss of Their Communities… In high school, I had the grades. I had the community and I had the sports. Here it was too hard to get involved…

19 What Impacted Top Ten Success? 25% said work 20% said course load 44% said motivation to succeed 48% said high school preparation

20 What Did Top Ten Students Find Difficult? 49% Managing time 36% Making new friends 22% Keeping up with course work 35% Finding time to study 29% Paying for college

21 How Did They Feel About Their Academic Performance? Average, could have been better Room for improvement Could have done A LOT better Should have done A LOT better Great, very good, have done well Poor, not my best

22 How Did They Feel About Their Major? Still deciding Switching Like it a lot Will stick with it

23 How Did They Feel About Their Classes? Good but challenging Good but difficult Good but a lot of work Good but not prepared for them Good instructors, learned a lot Good but more work than expected

24 Have Their Goals Changed? Still the same: graduate with a degree, be successful Will have to work harder than expected Determined to participate more Will focus more on school than social life Will go on to graduate school Finding a career I like

25 How successful were they? 61% achieved a CUM GPA of 2.50 or better 49% of students from Baltimore City high schools achieved a CUM of 2.50 or better 75% of students from Baltimore County high schools achieved a CUM of 2.50 or better

26 How successful were they? 51% of African American Top Ten students earned a CUM GPA of 2.50 or above 78% of White Top Ten students earned a CUM GPA of 2.50 or above

27 Comparing Top Ten Success to Overall FTFT Success Fall 2005 GPA All FTFT2.81 All Top Ten2.50 All FTFT African American2.52 All Top Ten African American2.16 All FTFT White2.87 All Top Ten White2.91

28 Differences by Groups There were no statistically significant differences by male/female Top Ten White students were statistically more likely to do well in the program Baltimore County Top Ten Students were statistically more likely to do well in the program

29 Baltimore County Students More Successful Baltimore CityBaltimore County HS GPA3.483.68 SAT Verbal416509 SAT Math417525 Fall 052.162.88 Spring 061.892.63 TU CUM2.052.79

30 Comparing Top Ten Success from First Semester to Second Fall 2005Spring 2006 All Top Ten2.502.35 B City2.152.01 B County2.882.72 B City African Am.2.051.92 B City White2.542.48 B County African Am.2.542.47 B County White2.992.82

31 Fall 06: Who Are Our Top Ten Candidates? Race/Ethnicity: 38% African American, 38% White Baltimore City: 82%, Baltimore County: 18% Gender: 25% Male, 74% Female Mean HS GPA: 3.66 Mean SAT score: 1004

32 How Does This Compare with Fall 05 Fall 2005 Top Ten All FTFT Fall 2006 Top Ten Candidates HS GPA3.563.413.66 SAT Total 92510571004 TU CUM2.582.812.24* * using SAT, HS GPA, district and race/ethnicity as predictors, accounting for 33% of variance in predicted CUM GPA.

33 Predicted Success for Fall 06 by District Baltimore City Top Ten Candidates Baltimore County Top Ten Candidates HS GPA3.703.68 SAT Total10051008 TU CUM*2.24*2.56* *using SAT, HS GPA and ethnicity as predictors.

34 Predicted Success for Fall 06 By Race/Ethnicity African American Top Ten Candidates White Top Ten Candidates HS GPA3.563.84 SAT Total8961178 TU CUM*2.102.60 *using SAT, HS GPA and school district as predictors.

35 This Year, Top Ten Students Were Successful 61% achieved a CUM GPA of 2.50 or better 49% of students from Baltimore City high schools achieved a CUM of 2.50 or better 75% of students from Baltimore County high schools achieved a CUM of 2.50 or better

36 What About Predictions for Fall 06 Candidates ? Looking at SAT, HS GPA, district, and ethnicity, 34% may achieve a CUM GPA of 2.50 or better 27% of students from Baltimore City high schools may achieve a CUM of 2.50 or better 51% of students from Baltimore County high schools may achieve a CUM of 2.50 or better

37 How Accurate Are Our Predictions? Regression analysis predicted 69% of the variance in TU Spring 06 GPA using SAT, HS GPA, TU Fall 05 GPA, District, and Ethnicity as predictors Discriminant analysis correctly predicted TU CUM GPA above/below 2.50 with 70% accuracy using SAT, HS GPA, TU Fall 05 GPA, District, and Ethnicity as predictors

38 What Are the Prediction Relationships? Moderate statistically significant relationship between HS GPA, SAT and TU CUM for all Top Ten students Weak relationship between HS GPA, SAT and TU CUM when looking at Baltimore City Top Ten Very weak relationship between HS GPA, SAT and TU CUM when looking at African American Top Ten students Very strong relationship between HS GPA, SAT and TU CUM when looking at white Top Ten students

39 Is There a Cut-Off Point for Success 05-06 Top Ten Students 06-07 Top Ten Candidates* Minimum HS GPA 3.404.01 Minimum SAT Total 590990 TU CUM2.502.53 *using SAT, HS GPA, District, and Ethnicity as predictors, accounting for 33% of variation in TU GPA.

40 What Do Top Ten Students Say Will Help? More time More help More meetings and gatherings More checking up and following through More study skill training More money More contact with advisors and mentors More opportunities for commuters

41 Specifically… Dont just give them the money and forget about them Set up regular meeting times with mentors Help them connect with the rest of the university

42 For next year, Towson should… Provide more opportunities to meet a greater diversity of people… Prepare student more for the challenges of college… Take into account the trauma of the transition…

43 Advice for next years students… Know your resources, find out, do your own planning… Believe people when they tell you college is hard… Dont depend on others; do it yourself…

44 Will They Volunteer to Help Next Years Top Ten? 40% Yes 10% No 50% Maybe

45 In The End, What Matters Most to Top Ten Students? Its an honor to be part of the program so cherish it and work hard to keep it… It forces you to work hard but involvement will only come when youre ready… Be active. Try everything…

46 Recommendations From the Data Develop accurate and reliable criteria for selection Identify at-risk students upon acceptance Implement early and ongoing support systems Require participation in support activities Define and continue structured cohort groups


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