Wildcat Immersion Program Sets Students Up for Success
The Wildcat Immersion Program (WIP) is an intensive six-week residential program that focuses on comprehensive skill-building and orientation to the Bethune-Cookman University campus and culture. The program is designed for incoming students who demonstrate the potential for success in college, and would benefit from a transitional support program to maximize their skills in English and mathematics. Students may earn up to seven college credits at a significantly reduced cost.
This summer, there are 100 students enrolled. The majority of the students are Floridians, with a few who have travelled from as far as California, Minnesota and the Bahamas to take advantage of the immersion experience. Student-athletes and band members also comprise the 2018 class.
“Our priority is to generate in our participants the academic skills, confidence and motivation necessary for success in completing a baccalaureate degree,” said Dean of Undergraduate Studies Earnie Fingers, Ph.D.
The program’s goals are fourfold; which are to
- Increase college access for Wildcat Immersion Program participants through the summer enrichment program;
- Provide remediation and academic support for students enrolled in non-college level courses;
- Improve retention and academic performance of students; and
- Create a learning environment that is student-centered and develops strengthened problem- solvers, independent learners and refined critical thinkers
"This is the beginning of a transformative life experience,” said Student Success Coach/Instructor Avis Butler, who coordinates the program. “Each day, we encourage students to give their all and to make the most of this investment, as it will pay dividends come fall and spring."
"Retention is truly a campus effort. The team of instructors across math, English, health and wellness are phenomenal, and they place special effort into preparing our students,” said Fingers. “In addition, the residence life staff, peer mentors and graduate interns team up to provide a special environment outside of the classroom and overall development of each student.
Last summer, the collective average GPA for the cohort was 3.24, with 97.6 percent of those students continuing into the fall semester.
“They are now Wildcat family, and as we move forward, they will gradually feel that Wildcat spirit." Fingers concluded.
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About Bethune Cookman University:
Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000. For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.