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1 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Explore. Discover. Become. Increasing Retention And Persistence Of First- Year, Minority Male Students Webinar Innovative Educators February 2, 2012 Jason A. Moore P. Brandon Johnson

2 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Agenda  Institutional Introduction  Program Overview & Discussion  Results  Assessment Overview  Implications for Your Campus  Lessons Learned Q&A | Explore. Discover. Become. 2

3 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Activity How important does your institution consider minority male retention? »High »Medium »Low | Explore. Discover. Become. 3 “I love Project M.A.R.C.H. If offers me benefits that other students on campus just don’t have or take advantage of.” -Allen McClean Sophomore Major: Graphic Communications Systems

4 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Institutional Profile North Carolina A&T State University  Public, 1890 land-grant HBCU  Carnegie Classification: High Research Activity  Fall 2011 Enrollment Total – 10,066 Undergraduate – 8,701 Graduate – 1,365  Schools: Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Nursing, Technology, Graduate Studies  Colleges: Arts and Sciences, Engineering  Retention – 72.4% (2009) | Explore. Discover. Become. 4

5 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Center For Academic Excellence Full service learning support unit, which works cooperatively with each school and college to ensure students’ academic success and are the academic home for all Undecided or Undeclared students. »Free Tutoring »Academic Advising and mentoring facilitate major choice »Supplemental Instruction »Developmental Education Courses | Explore. Discover. Become. 5

6 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Project M.A.R.C.H. Male Aggies Resolved to Change History | Explore. Discover. Become. 6  History & Mission  Program Objectives  Program Outcomes  Student Learning Outcomes  Program Components

7 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Program History UNC Tomorrow Report (2005): “UNC should increase the educational attainment of all underrepresented populations, especially African-American males.” Male Retention Initiative (MRI) ( ) Pilot program to address the retention of Undeclared minority males on the campus of NC A&T SU lead by Dr. Tracey Ford, Director for the Center for Academic Excellence. NC A&T SU’s UNC Tomorrow Report Response (2009) Project M.A.R.C.H. (Male Aggies Resolved to Change History) | Explore. Discover. Become. 7 Dr. Tracey Ford

8 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Program Mission  To establish a structured, comprehensive program to address the college readiness, persistence, retention, matriculation, and graduation of African American male students at the University.  To enhance the first-year collegiate experience of African American male students by appealing to their sense of well- being while contributing to their intended academic interests and personal/career aspirations. | Explore. Discover. Become. 8

9 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 9 Program Objectives  Assist in the successful transition from high school to college through intensive, intrusive advising, academic monitoring, facilitation of major selection and declaration, and successful navigation of campus services and facilities.  90% cohort persistence from Fall to Spring Semester.  80% first-year retention and 80% second-year persistence.  Socio-Political engagement through community service, programming, service learning, or event participation.  Peer interaction to facilitate social development, communication efficacy, and the building of a support network.

10 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 10 Program Outcomes  Adept in the use, existence and knowledge of multiple campus entities.  Informed decision-making about the selection of degree majors.  Development personal responsibility and accountability for academic development.  Development and utilization of new peer relationships for academic and personal growth through:  Study groups.  Peer mentoring.  Group advising.  Retention through the first academic year and persistence towards graduation.

11 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 11 Student Learning Outcomes  Knowledge of University policies, procedures, and standards of academic and social conduct.  Comprehension of degree completion requirements.  Satisfactory progress towards degree completion.  Application of skill building workshops to maintain positive academic standing.  Student and campus engagement through non-academic activities and events.  Frequent, consistent communication/correspondence with academic advisors.  Accountability of financial aid processes, deadlines and forms.

12 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Activity With your institutional needs in mind, brain storm, record and share some of the outcomes you would want for your campus’s minority retention program. “Project M.A.R.C.H. workshops are a lifesaver.” -Chase Aiken-Brown Sophomore Major: Civil Engineering

13 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Program Components  Intrusive Academic Advising  Living Learning Community  Major/Interests-Based Roommate Pairing  Residential Advising  Early Arrival - Project M.A.R.C.H. Orientation  Early Course Registration Access  Early Alert Intervention  Cohort Section UNST 100: University Experience  Monthly Student Development Workshops  “Foot Campaigns”  Facebook Group Page  Twitter | Explore. Discover. Become. 13

14 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become Habits  3 Academic Advisors completed Facilitator Training – Summer  Ongoing in-class workshops throughout the academic year.  Saturday Seminar Training, includes text & workbook for each student (2010).  7 Habits Training conducted during Early Arrival (2011).  Also hold monthly sessions during Fall semester

15 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Extended Early Arrivals & Project M.A.R.C.H. Orientation  Early Residence Hall Move-In  Project M.A.R.C.H. New Student Orientation  HRL LLC Overview & Expectations  Blackboard and Banner Training | Explore. Discover. Become. 15  7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens  Parent Q&A Session  Campus Support Services Presentations  Student Engagement Workshops

16 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 16 Living Learning Community  To strengthen connectivity to campus and have a sustained peer support group – 24/7 access.  Access to a computer lab, student lounge, and dedicated office space for transient advising and workshop facilitation.  Evening Residential Tutoring.  Resident Assistant from previous cohort helps facilitate residential programming and its connectedness to programmatic goals and outcomes.

17 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 17 Cohort Selection Processes  Minimum incoming 2.5 HS GPA.  Minimum SAT score: V, 400+; M, 430+  HS Transcript Evaluation  Cumulative GPA Evaluation  Class Rank/Percentile  Class Size Evaluation  Consideration of Residency

18 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Academic Profile Snapshot MajorHSGPASATVSATMACT ECIT Inter Gen Engineering Computer Engineering Liberal Studies (Pre-Law) Electronic Technology Marketing Business Administration Computer Science Computer Science Undeclared SSFM Undeclared | Explore. Discover. Become. 18

19 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become Overview: Cohort 1  30 first-year, full-time students  9 first-generation students  Residency: 28, In-State; 2, Out-of-State  VSAT = 424.1; MSAT = 447.9; MSAT TOTAL = 872; EACT = 15; MACT = 18.2

20 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become Overview: Cohort 2  47 first-year, full-time students  17 first-generation students  Residency: 40, In-State; 10, Out-of-State  VSAT = 453.8; MSAT =461.3; MSAT TOTAL = 915.1; EACT = 16.8; MACT = 18.4

21 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University LLC Overview  n=27  Residency »In-state: 22 (North Carolina) »Out-of-state: 5 (2, Virginia; 2, Georgia; 1, Maryland). HS Demographics  SAT (n=25) »Mean V SAT = 463 (438); M SAT = 466 (457); MSAT TOTAL = (895)  ACT (n=5) »Mean V ACT = 16.8 ; M ACT = Composite TOTAL =15.4  Mean incoming HS GPA = 2.86 (3.04) | Explore. Discover. Become. 21

22 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become Overview: Cohort 3  32 first-year, full-time students  10 first-generation students  Residency: 18, In-State; 15, Out-of-State  VSAT = 406; MSAT = 423; MSAT TOTAL = 829; EACT = 21; MACT = 19

23 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 23 Major Distribution Cohort 1Cohort 2

24 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Activity Brainstorm and share some other programmatic components that either your institution is implementing or would like to implement for a minority male retention program. “Project M.A.R.C.H. is more than a program…It’s a brotherhood.” -Jamal Poe Sophomore Major: Graphic Communications Systems

25 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 25 Program Assessment & Evaluation  Semester Exit Interview and Survey Completion, which includes an Advisor, Institutional, and, Self-Assessment component.  Annual Program Assessment Survey.  First-Generation Survey Analysis.  Workshop Evaluations.  UNST 100 End-of-Course Evaluations.  GPA Analysis.  Tutorial Services/Supplemental Instruction Participation Analysis.  Trend data analysis – identification of progression needs of male students

26 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Impact  Cohort n=30  100% Fall-Spring Persistence  76.6% (80%) Retention  80% Fall ‘10-Fall ‘11 Persistence | Explore. Discover. Become. 26  Cohort n=47  95.7% (96%) Fall-Spring Persistence  83% Retention  LLC n=27  93% Fall-Spring Persistence  74% Retention  Cohort n=32  100% Fall-Spring Persistence

27 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Advising Contacts Cohort 2  511 Face-to-face contacts  39 phone contacts  141 Facebook contacts  526 contacts  25 foot campaigns | Explore. Discover. Become. 27 Cohort 1 Face-to-face: 484 Phone: 199 Facebook: Cohort 3  532 Face-to-face contacts  26 phone contacts  ## Facebook contacts  ## contacts  20 foot campaigns

28 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University UNST 100 Data Fall 2010  n=39  92.2% = “C” or better  Final grade distribution »“A” – 22 students (56.4%) »“B” – 7 students (17.9%) »“C” – 7 students (17.9%) Course Attendance  61.5% of students had 0 absences during the 15-week course ( 6.3% over the Fall 2009 cohort)  28.2% had only 1 absence ( 7.5% over Fall 2009 cohort)  Cohort total of 0.61 absences per student (versus 1.69 average in Fall 2009). | Explore. Discover. Become. 28

29 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University UNST 100 Data Fall 2011 Course Assessment End-of-course evaluations, measured by 27 course-based questions. (Administered by Institutional Research) Fall 2010  Instructor Overall Mean of 4.4 (on a 5-point scale), indicating “Exceptional, Superior” course instruction for program staff. Fall 2011  Instructor Overall Mean of 4.6 (on a 5-point scale), indicating “Exceptional, Superior” course instruction for program staff. | Explore. Discover. Become. 29

30 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Workshop Data Likert Scale, where “5 = Exceptional” and “1 = Unsatisfactory”…  Building Bridges = 4.43/5  Deconstructing Time Management = 4.73/5  Oral and Written Communication = 4.75/5  Study Skills & Overcoming Test Anxiety = 4.72/5  Understanding the Financial Aid Process = 4.5/5  Stop! Before You Drop = 4.14/5  Getting Back on Track = 4.6/5  Don’t Be the Weakest Link = 4.5/5 4.55/5 Average | Explore. Discover. Become. 30

31 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Annual LLC Community Assessment Likert Scale, where “5 = Strongly Agree” and “1 = Strongly Disagree”)…  Participation in the LLC helped my transition at the University = 4.08  Participation in the LLC helped to facilitate a bond with my peer Project M.A.R.C.H. members = 4.41  Participation in the Early Housing Arrivals/M.A.R.C.H. Orientation helped me to be better adjusted to the expectations of the University environment = 4.41  LLC participation has helped with the social transition from High school to College = 4.58  I would recommend Early Housing Arrivals/Project M.A.R.C.H. Orientation to all new members of Project M.A.R.C.H. = 4.66  My roommate/suite pairings based on academic majors and interests helped to facilitate study group sessions = | Explore. Discover. Become. 31

32 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Annual LLC Community Assessment  Access to my advisor was enhanced due to their office space in Barbee Hall, residential advising and the lounge, and advisement/registration sessions in the Barbee computer lab = 4.16  My RA was engaged and visible during Project M.A.R.C.H. programming and events = 3.75  I attended resident hall programming = 3.75  My learning was been enhanced with participation in the LLC = 4.50  Residential advising helped to make me aware of registration deadlines = 4.36  Academic Advisor availability was important to my success = 4.25  Participating in the LLC has benefited me academically = 4.08  LLC Participation did not enhance my experience at A&T = | Explore. Discover. Become. 32

33 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University ‘10-’11 Program Assessment Outcomes: Program Assessment  Project M.A.R.C.H. has helped me to successfully make the transition from High School to College life = 4.62 (+.16)  Project M.A.R.C.H. has helped me to make informed decisions about selecting a major = 4.52 (+.23)  Project M.A.R.C.H. has helped me to increase my peer interaction = 4.38 (-.26)  Project M.A.R.C.H. has helped me to feel more confident about being in college = 4.60 (+.14) | Explore. Discover. Become. 33

34 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University ‘10-’11 Program Assessment Outcomes: Personal Assessment  I have benefited from being in Project M.A.R.C.H. = 4.80 (+.30)  I am better adjusted to college life because of Project M.A.R.C.H = 4.70 (+.27)  I understand what it will take to complete my prospective degree program = 4.75 (+.36)  I feel more accountable for my academic success = 4.60 (+.17) | Explore. Discover. Become. 34

35 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Spring 2011 Exit Survey Data: Advisor Assessment  My advisor follows-up with me in a timely fashion = 4.52 (-.08)  My advisor encourages me to seek academic assistance = 4.68 (-.02)  My advisor helps me to connect to campus resources = 4.52 (-.08)  My advisor is a good listener = 5.00 (+.32)  My advisor is an advocate for my needs = 4.85 (+.65)  I would recommend my advisor to other students = 4.68 (-.12) | Explore. Discover. Become. 35

36 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Spring 2011 Exit Survey Data: Self-Assessment  Academic advising has been important to my transition at the University = 4.52 (+.24)  I met with my academic advisor on a regular basis throughout the semester = 4.10 (+.14)  More communication and follow-through with my advisor would have increased my chances of success = 4.47 (+.35)  I worked to my full potential this past semester = 3.79 (+.19)  I feel that I was adequately prepared in HS for college-level expectations = 3.89 (+.01)  My parents/guardians have been supportive and involved in my transition at NC A&T = 4.47 (-.01)  My parents/guardians are aware of my current academic status = 4.47 (+.11) | Explore. Discover. Become. 36

37 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Spring 2011 Exit Survey Data: Institutional Assessment  I am satisfied with the instructional content at NC A&T = 4.21  NC A&T SU was my first choice = 3.68  Of the 68.5% that have visited another college campus, in comparison, NC A&T’s campus feels like a college environment = 3.85  NC A&T’s campus culture promotes academic excellence = | Explore. Discover. Become. 37

38 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 38 Student Successes Allen McLean, selected by the University’s College of Engineering, under the direction of Dr. John Kizito, to assist with graduate research on SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Based on this work, Allen has a pending internship opportunity with Rolls Royce for Summer A native of Council, NC, Allen also served as one of three basketball managers for the Men’s Basketball Team during , and will serve as Head Manager during  3.5 HS GPA  960 SAT  Fall 2010 Cohort

39 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 39 Douglas ‘Chase’ Aiken-Brown is a Civil Engineering major from Wilmington, NC. Chase came to A&T as an Undecided student but was accepted early into the engineering program by the department chair due to his academic performance in Calculus I. Chase is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and The American Society of Civil Engineers. Chase is consistently involved with the Greater Greensboro Community. He volunteers every Thursday at Washington Elementary School. At Washington’s A.C.E.S. after-school program, which serves Grades K-5, Chase provides homework assistance and other tutorial tasks. Based on his dedicated service commitments and performance in the classroom, Chase was recently recruited this Spring by the University’s Volunteer Coordinator to provide 1-hour Algebra II tutorial assistance sessions Friday afternoons at Dudley High School. Currently he serves as a Resident Assistant (RA) for the Honors Program Student Successes  4.1 HS GPA  910 SAT  Fall 2010 Cohort

40 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Activity Identify/share stakeholders who you would need to contact in order to create a retention program or enhance an existing initiative. Identify/share personnel, staff or faculty who you would envision coordinating such an initiative and any other support personnel. “What would we do without ‘Don’ Johnson. Drop out that’s what.” -Brian Boon Freshman Major: Political Science

41 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Implications What are some ways a program like this could benefit your campus?

42 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University  College Board: The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color  Consortium for Student Retention and Data Exchange  The Schott Foundations’ 50 State Report on Black Males and Higher Education.  Allen, W. R., Epps, E.G., & Haniff, N.Z. (1991). College in black and white: African American students in predominantly white and in historically Black public universities. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.  Pike, G. R. (1999). The effects of residential learning communities and traditional residential living arrangements on educational gains during the first year of college. Journal of College Student Development. 40(3),  Tinto, V. (1993). Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition, 2 nd edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. | Explore. Discover. Become. 42 Resources

43 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University | Explore. Discover. Become. 43 QUESTIONS? Jason A. Moore Assistant Director/Co-Coordinator P. Brandon Johnson Academic Advisor/Co-Coordinator North Carolina A&T State University 1601 E. Market Greensboro, NC 27411


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