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CSU Sacramento Hosts Statewide Conference on First Year Student Experience

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SACRAMENTO

Ethnic Studies Professor Says Research Will Help Students of Color 



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Dr. David Leon
Sacramento State's First Year Program's Office is set to convene  the 2008 First Year Experience Regional Conference Tuesday, August 26, 8am-4pm in the University Union. The hallmark event will bring together faculty, staff, students, and administrators statewide to share strategies and showcase best practices in the fight to insure student success. That fight has particular importance to students of color, according to Dr. David Leon, Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department.

"Research shows that many students of color have a higher attrition rate, but it appears that students involved in an intensive first year program are more likely to be successful in their second year," said Dr. Leon. "Ethnic Studies is participating to share our success with our freshman seminar course (Ethnic Studies 21) and to learn from experts around the state."

Indeed Sacramento State is the first campus to host a learning community conference in Northern California, a conference built upon the work of the California Learning Communities Consortium (CLCC). In addition to statewide faculty, staff and department directors, renowned speaker Dr. Betsy Barefoot, the Co-Director for the Policy Center on the First Year of College, will speak. In addition to Dr. Barefoot's speech participants can engage in over 31 workshops on issues of technology, assessment, student engagement, diversity, freshman seminar pedagogy, and student excellence.


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