W7 Poster Session: Challenging the Standard

K. Hyoejin Yoon, Devon Kehler, Ilknur Sancak-­‐Marusa, West Chester University

College as a “gated community” – BW students need alternate points of entry.

West Chester has writing placement through SAT scores. Students may elect to take a “challenge” exam, which has a 50% pass rate. The students who passed the challenge exam fared just fine in passing their regular fycomp class.

Summer bridge program – residential program with academic and social components. Very diverse students, have a lot of baggage, focus on validating the knowledge they bring, writing in academic style. Outcomes for these students are strong; they retain/succeed at higher rates than the general student population.

Tutors are a key element of the summer bridge program. Tutor works in a dual role, as peer and partner to students, but also connecting back to instructor.

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