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Wednesday, October 11 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Career Development and Social Justice as Drivers of College Readiness: St. John's University Staten Island Campus's Educational Partnerships (30 mins)

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Since 2013, St. John’s University’s Staten Island campus has successfully adopted an urban extension branch campus strategy that has significantly increased local high school students’ access to private higher education. Leveraging the metropolitan history of St. John’s as a pathway to professions, Early Start Academy has broken down academic and financial barriers to college readiness for underrepresented groups by bringing high school cohorts to campus for college courses in their future major. St. John’s Early Start program makes a distinctive contribution to the NYC DOE’s pre-college credit initiative by connecting high school students to their future major and career. Guiding the intervention in select schools is a class-room based guidance counselor placement that uses the career development curricula of M. S. School Counselling students to measure the effectiveness of career goal-setting on high school students' pre-college credits.

For 2017, St. John’s Staten Island campus Early Start Academy is paired with "Difference Makers," adding civic engagement to career development and academic preparedness as college readiness measures. Difference Makers matches Early Start Academy high school cohorts with St. John’s University’s community partner, Central Family Life Center, for capacity building projects that build St. John’s Catholic social justice mission and award winning academic service learning program into high school students’ academic preparedness. Together Early Start Academy and Difference Makers represent a distinctive approach to higher education college readiness initiatives that use the value-added outcomes of academics—career development and civic engagement—to engage St. John’s traditional constituency, underrepresented groups and first-generation college students.


Robert Fanuzzi

Associate Provost, Civic Engagement, St. John's University Staten Island Campus

William Reisel

St. John's University

Wednesday October 11, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am MDT
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