Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

1994  The University of Texas at San Antonio  (75812)

Principal Investigator: Wyatt, Tammy (Principal Investigator)  

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 635,910

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/17 - 8/31/20

Restricted Research: NO

Academic Discipline: ASSC VICE PROV STUDENT SUCCESS  

Department, Center, School, or Institute: ASSC VICE PROV STUDENT SUCCESS  

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: UTSA Project LEAD(Leadership, Engagement, Academics, and Dedication): Onboarding and Bridging to Improve Student Success, Retention,and Graduation

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Univ of TX System 720

Program Title: N/A

Note:

Research clearly shows the positive impact of bridging and academic support programs on participants’ GPA and University level retention and graduation rates. Programs have reported that students who get off to a strong start with a GPA of 2.5 or higher early in their academic career are retained at higher rates than those with lower GPAs. Likewise, programs that intervene with students on academic probation or warning have been shown to increase GPA and retention rates. UTSA’s Project LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Academics, and Dedication) Keystone Initiative aims to increase student success and retention by creating targeted programming for academically at-risk students at early stages of their academic career: (1) incoming first-time, full-time freshmen admitted by holistic review and (2) students on academic probation or warning at the conclusion of their first-year. Project LEAD incorporates high impact practices such as learning communities, service learning, and signature experience opportunities. All Project LEAD I and II participants will take course-work that applies to their respective degree while receiving intensive academic support and advisement, peer mentoring and coaching, social engagement experiences, and financial literacy training during a Summer LEAD Academy. Lead I and II participants will also receive intense academic and social support programming throughout the academic year following the Summer Academy. Key indicators for success of Project LEAD will include increases in LEAD I participants earning a GPA of 2.5 or higher in their first year and LEAD II participants increasing their GPA beyond a 2.0 and thus no longer being on academic probation or warning. In addition, a greater sense of belonging not only to UTSA but also to the academe in general among participants will indicate success. The ultimate indicator of success will be increased retention and graduation rates.

Discussion:

determined not restricted research at meeting due to funding source from UT System. 8.1.18jn

 

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