Temple Increases Access to Higher Education

Temple Increases Access to Higher Education

September 22, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Temple has a historic mission which is stemming
from Russell Conwell’s notion of finding students that have the capacity to succeed but don’t
always have the opportunity. The Transformational Planning Grant allows
us to provide the support systems and to think through the innovative ways in which we’re
going to have to give students the support for them to succeed. [music] We know we have students with very high test
scores that come to Temple and struggle. We know we have students that may have been
the most marginal of admits but when they get here, they flourish and they succeed. The Transformational Planning Grant is allowing
us to explore why that is. First we are focusing on identifying the students
that can have success at Temple, are likely to succeed, by exploring those non-cognitive
qualities that students may possess, that we might not otherwise identify through
traditional measures such as test scores. We call this ‘Project IN,’ helping to identify
those students that have the characters of motivation perseverance, grit, that we know
leads to success in college. We haven’t eliminated the use of standardized
test scores as a way to evaluate students who are applying to our university, what we’re
saying is that there are other ways to evaluate students
abilities. Temple recently announced ‘Temple Option,’ our new alternative admissions path for students, designed to measure their motivation, perseverance,
their past success, ability to overcome challenges, those non-cognitive variables that we think
do predict college success. It isn’t enough just to admit them. We have to support them through the process
of their education. We have to acknowledge that students who have
the ability but don’t necessarily have the preparatory background may need additional
supports. If you think about ‘Project IN’ as focusing
on access to Temple, ‘Project THROUGH’ focuses on retention, persistence, and graduation. It’s focused on the academic support students
may need, the social or psychological support they may need. Academic advisors then are at the heart of
‘Project THROUGH,’ making sure they understand their academic
plan, what you take when. All the pieces of information they need to
succeed and to be on track for an on-time, four-year graduation. We have an educational mission that is in
support of students potential. It’s universities in action, it’s research
in action and that’s what I’m most proud of. Temple is able to showcase the work we’re
doing, showcase and share our initiatives, as well as learn from the others in the Transformational
Planning Grant project. Learning from what other universities are
doing to support their success only makes Temple better, and we’re always happy to share the Temple
story.