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MAEOPP Center 2015 Best Education Practices Directory

MAEOPP Center 2015 Best Education Practices Directory

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Copyright ©2015 by Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) and the University of Minnesota by its College of Education and Human Development, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, Minneapolis, MN.

MAEOPP is pleased to release the 2015 directory of peer-reviewed education practices approved by the MAEOPP Center for Best Education Practices.  Each practice has undergone a rigorous external review process.  This directory contains those approved at the promising and validated levels.  Readers can use this publication as a guide for implementing the evidence-based education strategies contained within it.  Detailed information about the education practice purposes, educational theories that guide the practice, curriculum outlines, resources needed for implementation, evaluation process, and contact information are  provided by the submitters of the practice who have practical experience implementing it. Consider using them with current programs and in grant submissions that require evidence-based practices to improve student success.

The thirteen practices approved thus far by the MAEOPP Center represent each of the five major TRIO grant programs: Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, Student Support Services, and Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Programs.  One practice is from a GEAR UP program.  For readers unfamiliar with TRIO programs, a short history is provided.  While the education practices come from TRIO and GEAR UP programs, they could be adapted for use with nearly any student academic support and student development program.  These programs are incubators of best practices to serve the needs of historically underrepresented students and the general student population as well.

Best Education Practice: Right Start to College Seminar for Adult Learners

Right Start to College Seminar for Adult Learners.  Wichita State University (KS)  (approved Promising Practice 10/15/13)  Taken from the abstract:  "One of the services EOC provides to adults entering college is The Right Start to College 101 Seminar (Right Start).  It introduces attendees to the culture of college, its barriers for many adult students, and how to maximize their life experiences for success in the college environment.  The seminar also helps them assess their current strengths and apply them to college.  The Right Start approach is an adaptation of a traditional College Success Program to serve effectively first generation/limited income adults participating in the Wichita State University (WSU) TRIO EOC program for adult college students". [Click on this web link to download the educaiton practice.]  

Best Education Practice: Assessment Tools for Equal Opportunity Center TRIO Programs

Post Assessment Evaluation Tool for EOC Programs.  Wichita State University (KS) (approved Promising Practice 9/25/13)  Taken from the abstract:  "There is a perennial need to develop assessment tools for TRIO program services in general and Educational Opportunity Centers (COE) program services in particular. The post-service assessment tool for an EOC program is designed to help EOC staff and administrators to use a generic tool and collect relevant evaluation data to assess and seek improvement in the quality of services. The goals of this practice is: 1) to develop a generic quantitative survey based tool to assess service efficacy; 2) to measure the self-reported learning outcomes of the EOC services; 3) to assess the efficacy of the EOC staff in providing these services."  [Click on this web link to download the education practice.]