Recorded on: May 19, 2016 (60 minutes)
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As 2-year and 4-year institutions place increased attention on student success and retention, the preparedness and transition of first-generation college-bound students, especially during the freshman and sophomore years, is more important than ever. So, how can faculty and administrators better identify and support first-generation students early in their academic career? How can they do this in a way that addresses student success at every level?
This webinar will examine the path and support a first-generation student can receive through the lens of two TRIO programs, Talent Search, and Special Support Services. In this webinar, participants will learn strategies that address providing college access opportunities, maximizing student achievement, supporting successful transition and persistence to the college environment, and creating opportunities for global citizenship. These success strategies support first-generation students and are transferable to other students, whether you have a TRIO program or not on campus.
P. Brandon Johnson, Ph.D. is Assistant Director for Tutoring Services with TRIO Special Support Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in a support unit that provides service for students that are first-generation, come from families of modest income, and or have a documented disability. As a researcher, he investigates living learning communities and variables that contribute to the retention and persistence of African American males, primarily at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Additional research interests include the outcomes of first-generation and single-parent students as well. His research has produced several presentations at national and regional conferences, webinars, and symposiums concerning student retention, the first-year experience, and academic advising.
Brandon has a doctorate in education studies: higher education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is the co-founder and former coordinator of an African American male retention program at North Carolina A&T State University. He is a certified facilitator of 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens, a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and the North Carolina Council of Educational Opportunity Programs.
Jason A. Moore is Director of Educational Talent Search at Rutgers University-Newark. A researcher of scholarly issues relative to the field of academic support, college access, the minority male demographic, programmatic assessment, adult learning theory, and behavioral health studies. Formerly a professional school counselor and educational consultant in the state of New Jersey, Moore most recently served as the Associate Director of the Early Identification Program at George Mason University, which serves as Masonís college access and preparatory program.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Philosophy from Elon University and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult Education from the University of Georgia. He is a member of the National Academic Advising Association; the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A); the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; and Pi Lambda Theta, an International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education that recognizes professional educators of excellence. His experience with student support services, NCAA compliance processes and athletic academic advising, and program facilitation at the K-12 level has created a detailed framework for his student advocacy and educational initiatives.
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