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Abstract Volume 10 Issue 3 (2005) pp 227-230

Increasing Enrollment in Chemistry Courses and Programs

Neal Phillip, Thomas Brennan, and Panayiotis Meleties*

Department of Chemistry, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, Bronx NY, 10453,
Received February 1, 2005. Accepted March 8, 2005.

Published online: 22 April 2005

Abstract. In support of its science and technology programs, the Chemistry Department of Bronx Community College has developed a multifaceted recruitment program designed for a college serving primarily minority students. A primary focus of this plan is to ensure that the faculty counselors teaching freshman career-development courses are kept up to date and are well informed on programs sponsored by the department. These counselors provide students with career information and guidance at an early stage of their secondary education. Third- and fourth-semester science majors with experience as tutors, research assistants, and workshop leaders assist faculty through peer-led activities to stimulate student interest in the sciences. In addition, enrichment activities for high school students and faculty have strengthened the high school–college partnerships as important components of a successful recruitment program.

Key Words: Of Special Interest; general chemistry

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Issue date: June 1, 2005

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