Are You In Or Out: What's The College Gap (CBL)

Spring 2017

Instructors: William Collins and Brenda Papineau
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday 12:00 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. and Thursday 12:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.*

*Thursday class time includes round-trip travel to the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and an experiential learning component known as Community Based Learning (CBL); students will engage in weekly experiences outside of traditional classroom time, culminating in a capstone project.

This course fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements and
is cross-listed with EDUC; it can count for one education course in any of the education minors.

When were you first encouraged to consider college? Was college an expectation for you? Were you prepared to navigate the application process and transition to college? What is the “college gap”? This course explores historical and contemporary factors contributing to the inequality in college access, retention, and achievement. Particular emphasis will be placed on factors influencing the experiences of Native American youth. Students will gain valuable insight into a variety of topics through course sessions, guest speakers, and first-hand interactions with Native American students.

Students will engage in a semester-long capstone project that will combine research and personal experiences to identify the requisite academic and social skills for college preparedness. Students will present their findings to Native American high school students. Student presentations will be collected and used to create a college preparedness guide. (CBL)

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