Just before ASHE this year, the Pullias Center published a report on findings from 10 years of our SummerTIME college preparation program. The report is available for download here: http://rossier.usc.edu/tierney-publishes-findings-from-successful-college-prep-program/. Today’s blog derives from my experience writing a follow-up report that describes SummerTIME’s writing program design and curriculum as it stood in the tenth year of […]
Earlier this year, the Pullias Center for Higher Education held its annual SummerTIME program (Tools, Information, Motivation, Education). Before SummerTIME began, I blogged about the compulsory financial aid counseling appointments with SummerTIME students. Specifically, I discussed how I was anticipating about 75% of students having an issue-free financial aid offer, 20% having issues that could […]
Tomorrow will mark the beginning of the fourth annual SummerTIME Writing Program Conference on Activism. Over the past four weeks, 92 first generation students have each written a 12-15 page paper that identifies a social issue that is personally meaningful to the student and argues a solution to this social problem based on the student’s […]
Next week, SummerTIME—our annual four-week intensive writing and college knowledge summer program for 90 transitioning college freshmen—starts. Besides helping out with the writing curriculum and the program logistics, I’ll be reviewing financial aid offers with students and troubleshooting any issues. As in previous years, I anticipate the usual breakdown … 75% of students will have […]
Last week I attended the NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counselors) annual conference in Denver. It was my first time attending the conference and I loved it—and not just because I woke up to snow one morning and the other morning had the most phenomenal mini-doughnuts at a funky breakfast-all-day joint called Jelly. I […]
Today is the last day of SummerTIME, the Pullias Center’s annual intensive four-week writing and college knowledge program for first-generation, low-income Los Angeles-area students starting college in the fall. The entire SummerTIME crew—Pullias staff members, grad and undergrad students, college writing instructors, and lots of volunteers—works diligently to prepare these students for the academic, social, […]
The Pullias Center is currently hosting its annual SummerTIME Writing Program, and I have had the opportunity to observe more 14 classrooms over the past month. What I noticed about the students initially was consistent with my previous SummerTIME experiences. Hairstyles are not noticeably different from the 2011 cohort. Skinny jeans are the jeans of […]
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How do you advise a student who does not have the money to attend college in the fall (and it’s now the middle of July)?
by Lisa Garcia SummerTIME—CHEPA’s four-week intensive summer writing and college knowledge program for rising college freshmen—is in full swing. All 90 students meet with a CHEPA staff member, student, or campus volunteer to review their financial aid notification (FAN) letters. Most of our students are well prepared financially to transition to a two- or four-year […]
Not my kind of pop!: Waiting for the police to show up (+ a couple of financial aid notes) This post would probably be a bit different if there wasn’t someone sitting in front of my house smoking some kind of drug. This is really happening as I write this at 8:20 a.m. on a […]