Best Practices for Helping Independent Students Achieve Academic Success
Jill Putman,Joanna Lilley,Miel McCarthy,Jennie Baran
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Independent students are defined by FAFSA as those who were in foster care or legal guardianship, orphaned, a dependent or ward of the court, emancipated minor, unaccompanied youth, or at risk of homelessness. These students face many barriers to pursuing a college degree, and faculty and staff play a crucial role in helping them persist and graduate. Research indicates that approximately 7-13% of former foster youth attend college, and only 2% earn four-year degrees (Casey Family Programs, 2010.) Here at CSU, we have over 200 independent students on campus. In this presentation, we’ll discuss strategies that faculty and staff can take to help students achieve academic success. We’ll also review current programming efforts on campus for these students.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is primarily designed for faculty and other staff members who work directly with undergraduate students.
The goals of this session are:
-To inform session attendees about the Fostering Success Program at Colorado State University
-To present research and data on the barriers to higher education facing independent youth
-To discuss best practices for working with independent students to achieve academic success