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Student BlueprintJennifer M. JanvierAmerican College of Education  Table of ContentsIntroductionStudent Blueprint    Program Description and ObjectivesPolicies and Expectations4Committee ..Agenda …ConclusionReport to the PresidentReferences            IntroductionStarting the first day at a new school can be mind-boggling. Worrying about the challenging classes, being clueless about financial aid, and not knowing who or where to go to when a question or concern needs to be answered. Juggling it all can be a handful. Imagine being able to get all the information needed in just a four-week program. Would that make the first year experience easier?Summer Bridge Programs have been one retention effort aimed at positively influencing the academic preparation and skills of entering freshmen prior to the first day of classes (Suzuki, 2009). For years, students all over the world have been struggling with transitioning from high school to college. Caroline Gulbrandsen said it best when she stated that:If admissions does not set clear expectations; if financial services gives poor or inadequate assistance; if academic affairs has valueless programming and/or low teaching standards, and if student affairs errs in student records and offers little or no student life assistance – anywhere for every department along a student’s path to graduation – these rates suffer. (Gulbrandsen, 2018)Student Blueprint (SBP1357) at January University is a three-credit course offered during the summer that will give students all the tools needed to not only get through their first year of college, but to help them finish the remaining years of their program and make it to graduation.    Student BlueprintProgram Description:January University’s Student Blueprint (SBP1357) program is a 3-credit hour elective course that provides students with the basic understanding of various services offered by the university. Students will be able to create a presentation on the department of their choice upon completion of this program. Program Objectives: Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:1.      Identify different departments and their functions.2.      Develop an understanding of APA format.3.      Learn to manage school, money, and personal life.4.      Have an understanding of college level demands.5.      Apply skills to college success. Policies and Expectations:Attendance:Class time is 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Be present and on time for all sessions. Students are allowed to miss a maximum of two sessions with the understanding that 15% of their final grade will be deducted. Any additional sessions missed will result in failure of the course.Give the same respect to someone as you would want yourself when speaking. CommitteeThe planning committee will meet on the third Wednesday of the month and will include: an alumni, a professor, the chairperson of the department in which the new program will fall under, the president’s secretary, the vice-president, and the department managers. The Director of Admissions will present the program and the Dean of Academic Affairs will put together a curriculum. The Director of Financial Aid will create a marketing analysis with help from the planning committee. The program will be funded by 70% of financial aid and the remaining 30% will come from alumni grant money. If the President and the committee agree to implement the program, every department must choose a day in which they will be able to accept visits from the students who are enrolled in the program. Grading Scale:EvaluationPercent of Total GradeDue DatePre-TestDiscussionsAttendance5%25%15%ThursdaysThursdaysTuesdays & ThursdaysJournals20%ThursdaysPresentation30%ThursdaysPost Test5%Thursdays                                  Total:        100%Letter GradeNumeric GradeA 90% +B 80% – 89%C 70% – 79%D 60% – 69%F 59% -Agenda      Week One- Tuesday      3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Welcome – Introductions      4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    Discuss Agenda and Expectations      4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Break      5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    January University History, Mission, and Culture       Week One- Thursday      3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Meet the President      4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    Meet current students      4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.     Break      5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    Tour of the campus       Week Two – Tuesday      3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.   Visit Admissions      4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Break      5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Visit Academics      6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   Question and Answer Discussion (Q & A) with a professor        Week Two – Thursday       3:00 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.    Visit Financial Services       4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Break       5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Visit Bursars       6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   Q & A Discussion with Director of Financial Services       Week Three – Tuesday       3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   Visit Student Services       4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.   Get I.D. Badges       4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    Break       5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Visit Disability Services       6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   Q & A Discussion with Director of Student  Services       Week Three – Thursday      3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    Visit Library      4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Break      5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Visit Student Union      6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   Q & A Discussion of Student Resources & Using APA format       Week Four – Tuesday       3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    Visit Health Center       4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Break       5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    Director of Student Services Visit to Discuss Graduation       Week Four – Thursday       3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    Presentations       4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Break       5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Continue Presentations       6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.    Post-EvaluationConclusionStudent Blueprint (SPB1357) at January University is a program designed to help incoming students be successful with their transition into college. Students will learn about each department and the role they play in higher education. According to Arcelus (as cited by Cho and Sririam, 2016), “meaningful, interconnected relationships help foster collaborative environments by overcoming these stereotypes in order to create a more seamless learning environment for students” (p. 58).This program will be measured & evaluated by current and past students at the beginning with a pre-test and at the end of the course with a post-test. The questions will be based on information already known or obtained about each department. The results of these tests will help determine the areas that need improvement and the areas that were a success. Gulbrandsen (2018) states that “offering students support through a first-year experience program starts them on a journey with a successful end”. The names of the students who complete this program will stay on file to decide if participating in this program resulted in students being able to complete their college education.      Report to PresidentInforming incoming students of the different departments, establishing the requirements and providing access to resources needed to do well in a course, and pushing higher education professionals to collaborate is essential for an institution to be successful. Student Blueprint (SBP1357) is important to the success of January University. The program will help determine persistence and retention rates. According to Doughtery, Natow, Bork, Jones, & Vega (as cited by Howard, 2013), “performance funding was implemented to hold institutions more accountable, as a way for government to advocate for student outcomes, an effort to produce a more entrepreneurial spirit within higher education, and an attempt at increasing effectiveness and efficiency” (p. 14). Schools are provided with funds based on the number of students who continue their education and complete the requirements for graduation.Student Blueprint (SBP1357) is a four-week program that will help monitor this data. Each week, students enrolled in the program will get to visit a different department in higher education. They will learn from the staff members important information about the school, identify documents required for enrollment including financial aid, access student records, and utilize the resources available. In addition, students will gain knowledge about different fields of work, understand the results of choosing or changing a major, develop time management skills, apply for graduation, build a résumé, and learn tips on how to prepare for a job interview.Current students will share their experiences about January University and take part in a question and answer discussion. Students will also get a chance to speak with directors. At the end of this program, students will be able to understand and manage the stressors of higher education. Howard (2013) proposes that such programs allow students to experience college life in a unique, resource-rich environment of challenge and support designed to facilitate student success (p. 26).ReferencesCho, A. R. , R. (2016). Student affairs collaborating with academic affairs: Perceptions of individual competency and institutional culture. College Student Affairs Journal, 34(1), 56-69.Gulbrandsen, C. (Course Lecture). (2018). The Primary Functional Areas of Higher Education Administration: Module 2 video. American College of Education. Retrieved from http://ace.eduHoward, J. S. (2013). Student retention and first-year programs: A comparison of students in liberal arts colleges in the mountain south (Order No. 3577824). Available from Education Database. (1492363830). Retrieved from for Success Program. (n.d.). Retrieved from, A. 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