CAP students and faculty celebrate National TRIO Day.
Photo courtesy of: College Adjustment Program
Aug 11, 2010
By Monica Chapman
OHIO’s College Adjustment Program (CAP) breathed a collective sigh of relief last week with the news of extended grant funding. The announcement came not a moment too soon – the program’s current funding was set to expire at the end of August.
Funded through the U.S. Department of Education, a TRIO Student Support Services grant will support the program through the next five years.
According to CAP Director Cynthia Kabat King, the award was a huge relief, especially in light of the current economic climate.
“We are always concerned about the TRIO SSS grant competition. It’s very competitive, and we knew that there would be less programs funded across the nation this year,” said King. “There are very few grants out there that allow you to offer ongoing services, so many, many colleges apply.”
CAP, which is entering its 31st year, is designed to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its 275 participants, all of whom demonstrate an academic need. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education.
King credits the award to CAP’s continued success.
“We know that on a practical basis, students in the program do well academically, and they graduate in higher numbers than similar students without support services,” said King.
The numbers speak for themselves.
In the 2008-09 academic year, 93 percent of CAP students were in good academic standing with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Of these, 45 percent maintained GPAs above 3.0.
More impressive yet is the program’s freshman fall-to-fall retention rate – 83.5 percent – which exceeds the university’s total freshman fall-to-fall retention rate, said King.
CAP participants, such as junior nursing major Courtney Fort, are quick to acknowledge the program’s influence.
“I feel like the CAP program has been a God–send,” said Fort. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. I’ve excelled in so many areas and even used my CAP adviser as a reference for my current job.”
Fort currently serves as a student adviser for Bobcat Student Orientation, where she often has the opportunity to tout the program that has given her so much. To date, 80 incoming freshmen have met with CAP advisers to be welcomed to CAP.
CAP offers a range of services to help participants meet the demands of their academic program and achieve timely graduation, including free private tutoring, professional advising, peer advising, skills and strategies courses, free printing, cultural event tickets, and a technology loan program.
Among these, Fort said the free tutoring services and small classes were invaluable to her academic success.
“It’s taught me how to study across the board, how to read and highlight efficiently, and skills for living and thriving on a college campus,” she said.
According to King, the personal relationships developed through CAP are equally important.
“Knowing there’s a place where people care about them… that’s something the students really value,” she said.
“It was our goal to offer uninterrupted services,” King continued. “I knew I had written a good grant, but you have to earn it… and we were able to do that.”