Program Objectives & Activities
The Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) includes the following five programming objectives:
- Increase student academic success as measured by course grades, semester and overall GPA, and credits earned each semester and overall.
- Increase student retention/persistence from first to second to third year.
- Increase percentage of first-time, full-time freshman (FTFTF) students who elect a major at 30 to 45 credits.
- Increase FTFTF rate of progress toward graduation and decrease time to graduation.
- Develop an academic profile of transfer students who enter with 15-45 credits and prepare strategies to implement in Year 3.
The SYI program aims to achieve these objectives by implementing a number of well-coordinated, comprehensive activities:
Identify and support students who may be academically at-risk
- Install and implement an early warning system to allow faculty to identify students who experience academic difficulty and trigger alert(s) so that SYI advisors and/or counselor can outreach and create intervention plans to remove barriers for students to succeed.
- Provide intentional, intrusive advising, support, and appropriate referrals to students who earn less than a 2.0 GPA in order to facilitate the student’s ability to return to good academic standing and persist at Lehman.
Promote student development and success
- Offer college major fairs and expand career/major workshop opportunities at Lehman.
Offer personal skills development workshops to help students in areas of mastering college success skills, developing a long range academic plan (LRAP), overcoming perceived barriers to obtaining educational plans, cultivating relationships with faculty, and achieving financial literacy.
Collaborate with the Office of Student Life to develop Pre-Major Clubs with an exploratory focus for students interested in pursuing specific majors and/or career paths.
- Enhance LEH-100 (a required course for freshman) to prepare students for success and persistence.
Ensure students’ academic progression
Encourage regular individual advising meetings to facilitate monitoring of student progression toward degree acquisition.
Provide Pre-Registration Advising group meetings to ensure that students are well prepared to register for the appropriate courses and number of credits to remain on track to graduate.
Offer summer school courses and intensives to students who need to qualify for the next class level.
Develop a campaign to encourage students to earn 30 credits per year.
Assure that prerequisite courses have sufficient sections to accommodate sophomores.
- Institute a financial aid alert and advisement system.
Identify and support the needs of transfer students
A transfer student database will be developed to analyze the needs of transfer students in order to inform interventions and practices to support adjustment and success as of fall 2013.
Programming initiatives to support transfer students will be developed and implemented in fall 2014.