ASSIST 2007: Academic Success: Summer International Students Transition Program

TitleASSIST 2007: Academic Success: Summer International Students Transition Program
Faculty/College/UnitVP Students
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

ASSIST - Academic Success: Summer International Students Transition Program - is a unique pre-session transition program for new international students. The focus of ASSIST is retention and academic success of international students as they transition into their first-year undergraduate studies. Through academic workshops, online and team assignments, and peer supports, ASSIST provides a supportive learning experience that will "assist" with students' transition to UBC by developing transferable skills that will offset cultural and language barriers. In the future, a similar module can be developed for domestic students or other targeted groups and become a key component of the SHINE initiative to enhance student learning and engagement throughout the institution. Residential community­ building and social/cultural programming will also be a key element of the curriculum in order to support students' sense of efficacy, mattering, and involvement with the university community. Managed centrally but under the direction of the participating faculties, this innovative program has not been offered elsewhere in Canada.

ASSIST 2007 will continue to support and enhance the international student transition at UBC. However, this year the unique focus of the program will expand to support these students more holistically across their learning experiences at UBC. We recognize that in order to achieve effective academic transitions, students need a broad introduction to the university, targeted skill development for their area of study, contact with faculty members, and strong relationships with other students. These key features can lead to greater levels of student learning and enhance our ability to retain new international students.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2007/2008
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorMichelle Suderman
Year 1: Funded Amount74,892
Year 1: Team Members

Michelle Suderman, Student Development, Office of the Vice-President, Students
Paul Harrison, Associate Dean, Faculty of Science
Karen McKellin, International Student Initiative
Peter Dauvergne, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
Dale Griffin, Associate Dean, Sauder School of Business
Brent Skura, Program Director, Global Resource Systems, Faculty of Land and Food Systems