It is important, when thinking about diversity, to consider student success in relation to retention, graduation rates, and other measures. We consider student success not only to mean graduating, but also thriving at Scripps.
Goal: Provide greater resources and support for our diverse students
- Strategy 1: Develop and support our First Generation @ Scripps program, which provides a pre-orientation program and year-round support for our first generation college students.
- Strategy 2: Improve and expand training for faculty, staff, and students on issues of disabilities building on national best practices. Thus far, Scripps’ approach to disability has focused on accommodations rather than on creating a culture of awareness and acceptance; both are critical. The creation of a consortial disability resource center will be important to accomplish these goals.
- Strategy 3: Assess campus protocols, programs, and practices using a socioeconomic class lens to identify areas in need of review and improvements.
- Strategy 4: Offer workshops on how to negotiate one’s life in college with life at home and/or in home communities. For many low-income and working class students, being in college creates tensions (whether perceived or actual) with their families and communities.
- Strategy 5: Work with the Dean of Students Office and Dean of Faculty Office to improve tutoring and academic support programs, especially where international and other ESL students are concerned. CORE I and Writing 50 are particularly difficult with regards to the amount and level of reading assigned and the level of English writing knowledge expected of new students.
- Strategy 6: Enhance Career Planning & Resources’ capacity to collect information about students’ career outcomes to assess how we are serving our diverse student population.