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Baccalaureate & Beyond Summer Programs Train 68 Community College Students

Date Released: 6/4/2010

Headed by Professor Joseph Skrivanek, the science and humanities programs prepare Community College students for transfers to four-year colleges.

This summer Purchase College is providing training for 68 students from six community colleges to help them prepare for transfers to four-year colleges such as Purchase and help them complete their dream of obtaining a Bachelor's degree in one of the Liberal Arts and Science fields.


It's called the Baccalaureate and Beyond Summer Programs, and students who participate either take a class or do science research depending upon the program. Support is provided by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the PepsiCo Foundation.


The 48 students in the science fields work for five weeks along with Purchase science faculty on projects ranging from dietary factors that influence breast and prostate cancer, to contaminants of the Bronx River, to studying a crab population in Long Island Sound.


The 20 students in the humanities and social sciences programs take a research and writing intensive class taught by a Purchase College faculty member and a community college faculty member in the morning and do an independent piece of library research in the afternoon.


All the students will make formal presentations of their research on Friday, July 2 at the Annual Summer symposium.


In addition, there are a number of workshops on transferring to a four-year institution, how to succeed in life, financial aid, and careers.


All the students participate in community building activities including barbecues, hikes, and the annual canoe trip through the Great Swamp in Dutchess County.


"This is the tenth year for this program and the success has been amazing," said Professor Joseph Skrivanek who initiated and directs the Baccalaureate and Beyond Summer Programs.  "The national rate for community college students to successfully transfer to a four-year institution and graduate is less than 30%.  Over the ten years of the program 300 students have participated and over 70% of these students are graduating with a four-year degree," he said.


"A recent review described the program as a national model for transition from two-year to four-year institutions," said Skrivanek. 


A listing of the participating students and their home towns is available.