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Title:The Architects: The Formation of the Former Transition Program 1981-1986 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Author(s):Greer, Pamela Y.
Subject(s):academic support programs
college freshmen
college students
diversity in higher education
student adjustment
summer bridge programs
transition to postsecondary education
Abstract:This paper will examine the formation of the former Transition Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Special emphasis will be placed on four major areas: (a) circumstances that inspired the creation of the former Transition Program at UIUC, (b) history and mission of the former Transition Program at UIUC, (c) characteristics of students the program architects sought to serve, and (d) program models selected by the ad hoc committee. This paper is inspired by my twenty-one years of work with the former Transition Program housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) at the UIUC campus. The Transition Program included both the former summer bridge component and the academic year component. The primary model of the academic year component is still in operation via the current undeclared component of the Access and Achievement Program. Since the 2009-2010 merger, many of the current processes, procedures and attributes are in line with the first model of the original Transitional Program. My goal is to gather and trace the articles, documents, letters and notes in archives from the former and present UIUC administrators and faculty who designed the former Transition Program; I will be able to identify information that would assist current and upcoming programs with improving academic support for underrepresented populations on the UIUC campus.
Issue Date:2013-06
Course / Semester:EOL 574, Lorenzo Baber, Instructor, Spring 2013
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-06-24

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