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Carolyn, I amsuggesting you contact Silvia Mioduski, Director of Freshman Year Center, and University Learning Center at the university of Arizona.
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She works on an extensive Freshman year project and most likely would have research information to refer to you.
Mary
Carolyn DeLorme wrote:

> Hello everyone!
> I haven't been on this list long but have noticed how helpful everyone is when assistance is needed.  So I am hoping I can hear from anyone who can tell me where (on the net would be great!) I could find some backup statistics showing improved retention rates for implementing a required class for freshmen and a mandatory remediation program.
> The freshmen class would be what many schools call "first year experience" or "freshmen seminar."  Something that provides study skills, topical discussions, first connection with faculty, etc.
> The mandatory remediation program would require students who were marginal in meeting entrance criteria to enroll in a prescribed number of predetermined courses the first semester.
> These data are to support our programming proposal and help us get funded.  Please share data from your own programs or experiences if available.
> Thank you everyone!
>
> Carolyn DeLorme, Director
> University Learning Center
> University of North Dakota--Grand Forks
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