Summer Advancement

Summer Advancement

SIF182 Summer Advancement

Project Manager: Rachel Most and Elizabeth Ozment

Approved: Summer 2021

The purpose of this award is to facilitate the transition of low-income, first-generation, and minority students from Piedmont Virginia Community College to UVA.

Project Dates: 02/01/2022-01/31/2025

Funding Awarded: $328,530

Executive Summary:

The Summer Advancement Program aids the University of Virginia’s (UVA) continued commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive academic environment that enhances the achievements of minority, first-generation and low-income transfer students from Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC). This proposal is in direct response to President Ryan’s 2030 Strategic Plan to cultivate the most vibrant community in higher education by being a strong partner with and good neighbor to the Charlottesville region (SPLAN 2019), with recognition that the University must support transfer student pathways if it wishes to recruit and retain exceptional under-represented students in our programs. We will not be able to close achievement gaps, especially in the sciences, among low-income, first-generation, and minority students without addressing attrition rates among transfer students. Expanding early opportunities for community college transfer students to form relationships with peers and faculty in the classroom will nurture a more welcoming environment and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Three basic goals of this program are to:

• Support the transfer pathway from PVCC to UVA as an affordable and excellent education for under-represented Virginians by accelerating student transitions into upper-division coursework.1

• Expedite major prerequisite completion among under-represented students who enter as transfer students from PVCC through high-impact instructional practices.

• Expand early opportunities for entering transfer students to form advising and mentoring relationships with peers, and faculty.