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The Tech Scholars Learning Community: Transition In Progress From Community College To University

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Recruiting/Retention Lower Division

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9.1294.1 - 9.1294.8



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Chih-Ping Yeh

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Section 3486

The Tech Scholars Learning Community: Transition in Progress from Community College to University

Chih-Ping Yeh, Silverenia Kanoyton, Mulchand Rathod, Deborah Daiek, Steven Berg, Donna Clack, Catherine Ferman, Lisa Zaccone

Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan / Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan

1. Introduction:

Encouraging and supporting persistence and transfer among students who are academically and economically disadvantaged including minorities and women continues to be a challenge for higher education administrators, faculty and staff. To be successful in changing the dropout patterns of these students’ calls for stiff determination, creativity and constant assessment.

The Michigan College/University Partnership (MICUP) Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1988 as a part of the larger King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Initiative1. The legislative intent is to increase the number of academically and economically disadvantaged students who transfer from community colleges to baccalaureate programs. The intent of the MICUP Program is to provide seed money that will serve as catalyst for institutional change, stimulating more coordinated efforts within institutes, permanently ensuring both shot- and long- term measurable improvement in academically and economically disadvantaged students’ completion of baccalaureate degrees. The Michigan Department of Career Development’s KCP Initiative provides oversight to the MICUP Program and technical assistants to the institutions.

This paper describes a college-university partnership program supported by the MICUP Program. This partnership program, namely the Tech Scholar Learning Community, was established between the Division of Engineering Technology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. The main objective is to create a learning-centered program that ensures the success of academically and economically under- prepared students as they transfer to four-year institutions. The majors that are the center focus of this program include Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, Metallurgy, Computer Information Systems, Electronics, Computer Service, and Laser Technology. Students of other majors are also encouraged and exposed to the option of continuing their education to complete a four-year degree at Wayne State University.

According to the graduate follow-up studies, of the 9,743 students enrolled at Schoolcraft

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Yeh, C. (2004, June), The Tech Scholars Learning Community: Transition In Progress From Community College To University Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13576

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