July 1, 2014
What Are Our Students Doing This Summer?
Southwestern College is abuzz with students taking advantage of our summer class offerings. With classes on the Chula Vista campus, all the Higher Education Centers and at Crown Cove, students are getting a jump on the new year, or are finishing up the last classes they need for their degrees and certificates.
Enrollment this year stands at 7,124 unduplicated head count, which is a slight decrease from last year. But we have a core group of students attending our summer bridge program through EOPS and the math boot camp. Students have been getting to know each other and becoming familiar with the many student support resources we have on campus.
I was able to meet the EOPS summer bridge students as they took a break from their icebreaker activities and personal development class recently. The students were able to explore the peaceful Botanic Garden and have fun while they became our newest learning community.
At the other end of campus in the Math Center, new freshmen were brushing up their math skills so they could better their placement on our math assessment tests. Part of a two-week Math Summer Boot Camp, these students were enrolled in the Math 295 pilot course and drilling on advanced mathematical concepts they haven’t studied in a while.
Math Boot Camp students were able to work independently in MyMathTest, a computer program that provided them a personalized study plan to remediate concepts they did not show mastery on. The students also worked with a math instructor for additional assistance, and also met with a college counselor to access support services and learn about transfer requirements.
Data from the first two-week session is promising. Of the 17 students who took the assessment test after the boot camp, 11 attained a higher placement, with two of them moving up two levels. In post-class surveys, students provided positive feedback.
While students, faculty and staff work through the summer, we’re already gearing up for Fall semester. Registration begins today, and with new enrollment priorities rolling out, there will be lots of student questions. We’re preparing information materials for students as well as faculty and employees so that we can all have a better understanding of the changes and their impact. Stay tuned for updates.