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Center for Multicultural Initiatives - December 2013

The Center for Multicultural Initiatives CORE Summer Bridge Initiative is designed to aid and assist FTIAC's from urban school districts (as defined by Admissions) with a high school grade point average ranging between 2.5-2.99, and/or an ACT composite score of 20 or below. The goal of the program is to engage students with intentional intensive supportive services during their freshman year, which includes a one-week residential academic enrichment experience during the summer to bridge the gap between high school and college.

In two years 76 students have been served. We're currently in the third year of the program. To assist with individualized instruction and to measure academic gains, pre and post testing in the areas of Math and Writing was conducted.

Graph #1 2011 Pre/Post Test Pretest Post Test
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In years one and two, average gains between pre and post testing were between 15 and 20 percent after 10 to 12 hours of instruction in both subjects.

Graph #2 2012 Pre/Post Test Pretest Post Test
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The graphs show improvement in key academic areas which are potential indicators of success in WRT 150 and Math 061.

Impact

The data gathered confirmed the need for academic enrichment and illustrated where the students were struggling in both Writing and Math. Future data should also include grade equivalency to represent a more complex performance matrix.

We are currently looking to expand the program to two weeks. With the addition of the second week students will gain additional academic engagement with OU professors, staff and students; remediation and practice, academic games, etc.

Finally, as a result of the participation from the Math Department in the summer program, Professor Ogumyemi has continued his relationship with CMI during the academic year by providing weekly math tutoring in the CMI office to all CORE participants taking Math.

Assessment Tips
  1. Clearly define project goals and expected outcomes at the start.

  2. Identify the baseline data you will need to document change.

  3. Benchmark best practices.

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