Strengthening the Academic Outcomes of Minority Students Using Existing College Resources

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Event Date/Time: Mar 31, 2009 End Date/Time: Mar 31, 2009
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Strengthening the Academic Outcomes of Minority Students Using Existing College Resources 31 March 2009 Online Overview: The results of a 2003 study conducted by a minority consulting firm indicated that there is no centralized/focused effort to assist the minority male student who brings sometimes overwhelming personal, social and economic issues to the academic table (The LAYR Group, 2003). The study further indicated that Manatee Community College (MCC) should implement a support system that focuses on the aforementioned issues. Additionally, the study indicated that setting the recruitment, retention, and success of this population as a priority is warranted. However, while the college sought to create initiatives to address those issues, due to the lack of funding for programs and additional staff - particularly minority male professionals, the counseling and workforce education staff worked collaboratively to review and realign current initiatives and support systems to focus on the retention and success of minority males. This symposium is designed to focus on utilizing existing retention and success resources and realistic initiatives that can operate on a shoestring budget. The presenters will share best practices that are currently in place at MCC. The discussion will include an exchange of ideas on using existing resources to support minority students within college and marketing these resources to the greater community with regard to enrollment and academic success of minority students. Objectives *Participants will learn to examine their institutions existing resources in both the academic and student development arenas. *Participants will learn low cost marketing strategies for attracting and retaining minority students *Participants will share ideas and resources for providing academic/student support to minority students. *Participants will contribute to a "best practices" document that will be available to share with other webinar participants after the conference. Who Should Attend? *VP Academic *Directors of Education *VP Student Services *Deans *Faculty *Student Success Staff *Retention Specialists *Student Development Retention Coordinators *Academic Advisors *Directors of Enrollment Services *Directors of Student Development Services Presenters: Sheila McCants, Senior Counselor, Manatee Community College Sheila McCants works with several populations for whom retention is an ongoing issue – first generation students, low income students who place into developmental reading courses. As part of her responsibilities, Ms. McCants oversees the Brothers Keeper Peer Mentoring Program which couples veteran African American males students with incoming freshmen to help ensure a successful college experience. Ms. McCants also works with students who have criminal backgrounds and with undecided students. As advisor to a student organization, she has also developed retention strategies through leadership development and team-building. Dr. Idelia Phillips, Director – Career & Technical Education, Manatee Community College Dr. Idelia Phillips serves as Director of Career & Technical Education. In that role, Dr. Phillips provides curriculum development, marketing & retention, and program review/assessment oversight for twenty-six associate in science degree programs. She has presented numerous papers relating to retention, diffusion of innovations and health risk communications. Phillips previously served as Vice President for Affairs at a technical college, senior scientists at a Department of Energy contractor, and as a professor of health science at a state university. Enquiries: