Successfully blending academics and college preparation with the cultural experiences of the students, instructors and their communities, Ferris State University’s Woodbridge Promesa Summer Success Program is making an impact in West Michigan.
Twenty-four students in Holland, 15 in Grand Rapids and 12 in Hart are participating in this summer developmental education program.
“Our program increases access to higher education by connecting students’ cultural background and ancestry to the curriculum,” said Jessica Cruz, assistant director of Ferris’ Center for Latin@ Studies. “The professors meet course objectives by connecting the content to students’ experiences and identities.”
The program was successfully piloted in Summer 2013 in Grand Rapids. The first group of students completed the requirements, improved ACT scores and experienced a 78-percent growth in reading proficiency. Students are typically placed in a college remedial or developmental course if their ACT score is below 18.
The program is open to students who have just completed their junior year of high school and who meet program academic and ACT score requirements. Curriculum includes math, reading and a course designed to strengthen college study methods.
Tuition and materials for the eight-week course are covered by Ferris.
The program’s purpose is to allow eligible students to:
To learn more about the program, contact the Center for Latin@ Studies at (231) 591-2470 or by email, here.
For more information about the Woodbridge Promesa Summer Success Program, including eligibility criteria, visit here.
Last updated: 07-16-2014