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Guest Lecturer to Discuss Increasing Participation, Success of At-Risk Populations in Higher Education

Rachelle Thibodeau of Carleton University will present 'Promoting Diversity and Student Success in Higher Education: A Perspective from Outside the US' at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, in Room 571 of Langsam Library.

Date: 7/11/2017 5:00:00 PM
By: Jonathan Lee
Phone: (513) 556-0493

UC ingot   Please join Rachelle Thibodeau for a presentation and open discussion entitled "Promoting Diversity and Student Success in Higher Education: A Perspective from Outside the US." The presentation and discussion will focus on effective strategies for increasing the participation and success rates of underrepresented, at-risk populations in higher education, as well as diversity and retention initiatives in post-secondary settings.

Thibodeau is from the Enriched Support Program (ESP) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, a successful and long-standing support intervention program focusing on student success. ESP is an alternative route to university admission for academically at-risk students who do not meet traditional entrance requirements. More than 80 percent of students who fully participate earn admission to a degree program and go on to graduate at the same rate as regularly admitted students.

ESP, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, is open to students whose high school or community college grades do not qualify them for admission to university, regardless of demographic group. ESP students are fully integrated into regular classes and all other aspects of campus life. The program provides integrated, wrap-around learning supports from a single academic department, and is entirely self-funded.

The public is invited to learn about this unique program and the lessons learned through 20 years of innovative education. The presentation will address how ESP's unique features have fostered its success and survival, and also reflect on some missteps and lessons learned.

The presentation will take place July 18 between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m in Langsam Library, Room 571.    

Those interested in attending should RSVP at Those who RSVP will be contacted regarding lunch orders. 

Dr. Rachelle Thibodeau of Carleton University to speak on and discussion "At-Risk" population success and participation in higher Education.