2Goals of the ProgramGoal 1: Improve outreach & recruitment in Texas universities serving high number of under-represented minority students.Goal 2: Develop an aggressive and guided admission, matriculation, and orientation plan.Goal 3: Develop an aggressive and guided retention plan during the 1st year of the curriculum.Goal 4: Increase exposure to minority health clinical & research opportunities.
3Recruitment Strategies Goal 1: Improve outreach & recruitment in Texas universities serving high number of under-represented minority students.RECRUITMENTProject Directors will visit partnering Institutions with two under- represented DPT students.Orientation regarding admission process.Round table and open discussion with Project Directors and students from under-represented minority backgrounds.Identify with undergraduate advisors/mentors students interested in PT meeting admission criteria who are ready to apply.
4Recruitment Strategies Goal 1: Improve outreach & recruitment in Texas universities serving high number of under-represented minority students.CONTINUE CONTACTSIn conjunction with mentors/advisors Project Directors will help prospective applicants to build a strong profile/application.Students identified by mentors/advisors and Project Directors will be invited to visit TWU-Houston campus.
5Retention StrategiesGoal 2: Develop an aggressive and guided admission, matriculation, and orientation plan.Project Directors and Office of Student Life will help selected applicants through the process of housing, financial aid application, and other ancillary services needed.
6Retention StrategiesGoal 3: Develop an aggressive and guided retention plan during the 1st year of the curriculum.MENTORSHIP PROGRAMPeer-mentors from 2nd & 3rd year DPT Program: Will assist students with review of didactic component, hands-on practical experiences, mock exams/quizzes, study habits, and social support.Monthly mentorship activities: monthly activity between selected students, peer-mentors, Project Directors, and Office of Student Life. Activities to be planned will be comprised of:conflict resolution •budgetingloan repayment options •family balancestress •etc.Monthly seminar with under-represented TWU alumni practicing as physical therapists.
7Retention StrategiesGoal 4: Increase exposure to minority health clinical & research opportunities.Support attendance to TACSM, TPTA, CSM, ACSM.Experiential learning activities in Institutions traditionally serving minority health population such as Harris Health, MDACC, among others.Develop critical inquiry projects in areas targeting minority-health issues.