The George Washinton University's Freshman Transition Initiative

Today we are faced with the reality that 75% of the students entering high school will not complete the post- secondary education needed to thrive in our global world. We also know the ever-mounting issues and consequences that confront those youth who have dropped out, or who are contemplating dropping out. Whether or not students leave high school with a diploma and plans for post-secondary education or training often hinges on the attitudes they develop in the 8th and 9th grade about themselves and their education.
  • Can they envision a future that is economically self-sufficient?
  • Are they able to articulate a plan that will help them achieve their goals and dreams?
  • Do they understand the consequences to the many aspects of their life if they don’t follow through with their plans?
What will it take to get all students thinking in these terms? What role do we as educators play in making sure that students who are at risk of dropping out of high school or college instead graduate because they realize the impact education has on their ability to live a productive, satisfying life?

To answer these questions, research on best practices and what works resulted in the structure, framework and conception of The Freshman Transition Initiative, that includes a Ten Step Plan and validated Course Standards for Freshman Transition Classes at The George Washington University.

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