Boosting Retention for Ethnic Minority Students: First-Year Seminar for a Minority Cohort

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For this fourth article in our series on supporting the academic success of underrepresented minority students, we interviewed Derek Moore, an academic success coach with Pulaski Technical College. Besides piloting a highly successful success coach program, Moore has taught the first-year seminar since 2007, both regular sections and targeted first-year seminars developed specifically for cohorts of minority students.

In this article, we'll share Moore's tips for developing an effective first-year seminar for an African-American, lower-income student cohort.


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