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Baruch’s Freshman Year Web Site Recognized as Best Practices Model

New York, NY - August 16, 2006Baruch College's Freshman Year website was mentioned in the July/August 2006 issue of About Campus as a model of best practices in reaching out to parents of students enrolled at a commuter campus.

The article, "Succeeding in the City: Challenges and Best Practices on Urban Commuter Campuses,” details the unique challenges faced by students attending urban commuter colleges. As well as suffering from isolation due to decreased access to peer support networks, urban commuter college students often hold naïve beliefs about the college experience, making it more difficult for them to succeed. Author Marcia Roe Clark, an assistant professor in higher education administration at SUNY Buffalo, presents best practices as solutions to these issues, and cites building connections with students’ families as an important step.

 "The powerful influences of family and the increased prominence of family in traditional-age students' lives suggests that parents and other family members should be incorporated into the urban college experience in as many formal ways as possible. The Web site for the Freshman Year Program at City University of New York's Baruch College includes a Web page addressed to parents, with links guiding them through their son or daughter's transition to college in the first year and beyond."

The Baruch Freshman Year Program is a college-wide effort, embracing a range of activites and initiatives, to provide entering students with a rewarding and meaningful first-year experience. The program's goal is to create a foundation for each student's success while smoothing the freshman transition into college.

                                                                                            Lara Moon
                                                                         Communications & Marketing
                                                                                         (646) 660-6093

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