NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU
News Service) – A TSU summer bridge program that helps first-time freshmen
brush up on math, reading and writing, has received an $80,000 boost from the
Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
The Summer Completion
Academy, a rigorous one-week program designed to ensure student success, will
use the grant to give 300 students in the academy the opportunity to satisfy
learning support requirements prior to their first semester of enrollment.
The program will run over two
sessions between June 23-29, and July 14-20, 2019. Students participating in
the program have already been accepted to TSU for the fall semester.
“Our focus for the grant is to
work with students who are at risk,” said Tiffany Bellafant Steward, assistant
vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Success. “These are
students who are not prepared for college-level work who would go into our
learning support areas of math, reading and writing.”
She said participants will receive
learning support such as additional lab sessions, extra days in class, as well
as “engagement activities,” including pre- and post-tests to measure their
According to Steward, the academy,
now in its third year, has a “huge” success rate.
“We are thrilled to
be in a position to offer a program like this to students, which could take up
to three classes off their fall schedule,” Steward said.
Tyren Griffin, a business administration major, now in her second semester at TSU, participated in the SCA as an in-coming freshman. She said the program helped her be better prepared for her college work.
“I really enjoyed my SCA
experience,” said Griffin, a Chicago native. “In addition to helping me be
better prepared for my academic work, the program definitely benefited me
because I was able to get to know people that had similar goals for success.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – Over 1,000 high school students from across the nation descended upon Tennessee State University on April 13 for Spring Preview Day 2019.
The day started with check in and a student organization fair in the Gentry Center Complex where student leaders, campus administrators, faculty and staff welcomed the students and their parents to campus.
“We are elated that you have chosen to spend
today with us here at Tennessee State.
We already know that you are on one of the most phenomenal campuses in
the United States of America,” said Terrence
Izzard, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success
“The HBCU experience is an experience like
none other, and I want to say to each parent and grandparent and aunt, thank
you for bringing your student here.”
The high school students and
their parents departed the Gentry Center in groups led by TSU students eager to
serve as their guides for the day. Activities for the visitors, according to
organizers, included meetings with academic departments, TSU student
organizations, campus tours, and other forms of educational entertainment.
Like many other students
visiting for Spring Preview, Brandon Jones, a student at Georgia Military
College, has already committed to Tennessee State University. A football player, Jones had the opportunity
to meet former NFL cornerback and TSU football player Randy Fuller during his campus
“I already signed, and I report
June 1,” Jones said. “I really like the
family atmosphere at TSU. It feels like home. So really, it’s the best fit for
Mikaylah Abercrombie, a junior
at New Manchester High School in Atlanta, said although she has not committed
to TSU, she is impressed by the university.
“My cousin, Christion attended
TSU, and I liked it when I saw him playing football. And I just want to check it out,” she said.
Abercrombie’s mother, Freda Abercrombie, who joined her for Spring Preview Day, said the university’s response after her nephew, Chistion Ambercrombie, suffered a life-threatning injury during a game against Vanderbilt University on Sept. 29, really touched her heart.
“Actually I just got a good
vibe from his experience here, and after the accident, all of the love and
support that the school gave was awesome.
We just fell in love with TSU,
and I wanted to make sure my daughter at least checked out the school for
Mikaylah, who hopes to study early childhood education or musical theatre, said she would like to work as a pre-school teacher once she completes her academic studies.
Javon Jones, TSU associate director of Undergraduate Recruitment, said Spring Preview Day should definintely play a role in boosting enrollment for the fall. She said students who missed Spring Preview, can attend a similar day in the fall.
“We would love to see anyone who couldn’t come out today for Spring Preview Day,” she said. “We are about energy, about educating our students, and most of all we want them to have fun and be prepared for their future. We will make sure they have all of their admissions documents together, and that they have everything ready to go and if they ever need anything, the office of admissions and records is available to help.”
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