Information Update - Spring 2006

University of Success Finds New Home

The University of Success, formerly a program administered under the Dexter Hanley College, has found a new home under the stewardship of Charles Kratz, Dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library and Information Fluency. Professor Bonnie Oldham, Evening Public Services Librarian, will serve as the new Program Director. The University of Success is an academic outreach program for economically disadvantaged and/or minority students that provides year-round programming to area middle and high school students. The goals of the program are threefold—to help students achieve better grades in school; to help students remain in school until high school graduation; and to facilitate students’ enrollment in college.
 
As part of the academic mission of The University of Scranton, the University of Success was developed in 1996 through the initiative of Dr. David Wiley in response to a growing trend in lower graduation rates and stagnant college enrollment rates of young minorities. The University of Success attempts to reverse that trend for young people in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, and is the only program of its kind in northeastern Pennsylvania.
 
Each spring seventh grade students from the region are recruited for the program through their school guidance counselors. From all of the applications received, twenty new students are selected to participate in the program which begins with a two week residential summer academy. During the academic year, Saturday programs are offered to all students from grades eight to twelve. University faculty, professional staff, and teachers from local schools develop and provide these enrichment classes. The programs provide information on science, math, computer science, writing, study skills, humanities, cultural diversity, college and career planning, and SAT preparation.
 
Other components of the University of Success program include tutoring services, mentors, help with college planning, and support for the parents of University of Success students.
 
If you would like to volunteer to provide a Saturday program or if you would like to receive an application, contact Bonnie Oldham at 941-4000 or oldhamb3@scranton.edu.
 
Bonnie Oldham
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