The UC Davis Guardian Professions Program

Report
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The UC Davis Guardian
Professions Program
A new opportunity for students seeking an
advanced degree
May 23, 2013
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Technical Details
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Call-in number is (702) 4890003 and access code is 981943-663.
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Presentation materials and
audio will be posted at
www.cacollegepathways.org
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Today’s Presenters
 Sylvia
Sensiper, MA, PhD, Guardian Professions
Program
 Arnette
Bates, EOP/Guardian Scholars Program
Director
 Valeri
Garcia, Guardian Scholars Program Advisor
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Is there an Educational Dead end
for Foster youth?
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The statistics are often cited and discouraging.
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Although 70 percent of foster youth express an interest in
college, only 50 percent graduate from high school, 20
percent enroll in college and only 2 percent graduate from
college.*
*Statistics from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family
Connections and the California Foster Youth Education Task Force.
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The Numbers are Beginning to Change
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In 1998, Cal State Fullerton began to affect those figures with
the creation of the first Guardian Scholars Program.
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In 2013, programs for former foster youth exist at most
campuses of the University of California and California State
University system, and at many community colleges.
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Former foster youth in California’s
higher education systems
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According to our informal survey,* there are approximately
1,500 students enrolled at California State Universities and at
University of California campuses.
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There are also support programs at 15 community colleges.
There are no exact figures on the number of students at these
institutions, but estimates are as high as 8,000-10,000.
*In Spring of 2013, we contacted Directors of the various support programs at colleges and
universities throughout the state to determine the number of students. Our numbers also
include information gathered by the John Burton Foundation.
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The Guardian Scholars Program
at UC Davis
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Founded in with 10 students in 2008.
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The Program has graduated approximately 50 students.
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A number of these students have gone on to graduate school
in Law, Counseling, Public Health, Health Administration,
Hydrology and Education/Teaching.
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Today there are over 100 undergraduates in the GSP.
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The Guardian Teachers Program
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In 2011, with the help of the Stuart Foundation, UC Davis
began providing a new opportunity to former foster youth,
the Guardian Teachers Program (GTP), a support program
for graduate students enrolled in the School of Education
teaching credential program.
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The goal: to train former foster youth to be teachers in
California’s K-12 educational system.
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For foster children and youth, a teacher is often the person
who makes a difference in their lives.
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The Guardian Professions Program
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In 2013, again with the help of the Stuart Foundation, we are
expanding our graduate school opportunities.
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The Guardian Professions Program will support former foster
youth who want to pursue an advanced degree in any of our
94 graduate programs or a professional degree in law,
medicine, public health, or business.
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We are actively seeking students to apply for Fall 2014.
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What is the UC Davis Guardian
Professions Program?
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Overall Vision
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are in the development stage of the program.
 What
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we can offer:
Education to develop student understanding
of why one might pursue a graduate degree.
Recruitment and help during the application
process.
Support during a students enrollment in a
graduate degree or professional school
program.
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Educating undergraduates about
Advanced Degree possibilities
 Developing
a pipeline of former foster youth who
wish to enroll in graduate school requires:
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Educating youth and those who care for them about the
reasons for pursuing an advanced degree.
Educating youth and those who care for them about the
specific programs and degrees and the opportunities
and careers that are made possible by additional study.
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Reasons for Pursuing an
Advanced Degree
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Increasing one’s earning power over time.
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Adding breadth and depth to your academic background.
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Specializing in a particular area or interest.
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Gaining critical research techniques and writing skills germane to your career.
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Expanding your knowledge.
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Positioning yourself for career advancement and job satisfaction.
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Having a job you love.
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Increasing job mobility, responsibility and job security.
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Freedom to make your own decisions.
-From the Council of Graduate Schools and Association of
American Universities and the McNair Scholars Program
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94 Different Graduate Programs
at UC Davis
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Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Graduate Programs
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Arts and Humanities Graduate Programs
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Biological and Life Sciences Graduate Programs
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Education Graduate Programs
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Engineering Graduate Programs
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Health Sciences Graduate Programs
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Physical Sciences and Mathematics Graduate Programs
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Social Sciences Graduate Programs
And…
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Professional Schools
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Nursing School
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Graduate School of Management
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School of Law
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School of Medicine
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School of Veterinary Medicine
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Recruitment and Application
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Actively recruit students who have demonstrated an interest and
curiosity about advanced studies.
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Help students understand the application process.
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Provide information about graduate admission tests such as the
GRE for graduate study, the LSAT for entry to law school, and the
CBEST, a basic skills test needed to earn a teaching credential.
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Invite students for campus tours and classroom visits.
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Advise students on speaking about their research interests and
career goals with faculty.
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Ensure students get the help they need to submit successful
applications.
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Supportive Services
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A caring and supportive community
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Academic advising
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Personal and life skills training and support
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Navigation of campus resources
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Assistance with financial and housing matters
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Career counseling and post-graduation preparation
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Mentoring and Personal Counseling
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Leadership opportunities
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The First Guardian
Professions Program Cohort
Application in Fall 2013 for enrollment in Fall 2014
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Recruitment for 2014 is underway
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Developing an initial pool of potential applicants:
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Contacting Directors of Supportive programs at UCs and
CSUs throughout the state.
Posting on sites like Camellia Network.
Disseminating information through the John Burton
Foundation.
 Asking
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students to tell us about their aspirations:
Survey with basic information and a section where they
can tell us about their career goals.
http://tinyurl.com/UCDavisGPPsurvey
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Potential Applicants
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Connecting students with faculty and admissions staff.
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Ensuring students get the right information.
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Inviting students for campus visits.
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Offering financial assistance for travel and tests.
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Connecting students to graduate admissions
information in the appropriate area of study.
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Other projects in the works…
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Creating a curriculum to help students develop an interest in graduate
work or continuing on into a professional career. We will pilot this
curriculum at UC Davis in Fall 2013.
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Producing self-guided power point presentations that feature a
particular area of study: degrees in the health field and in the ‘helping
professions’, and the teacher credential program for working in K-12.
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Developing collaborations with other campuses.
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Ensuring campus support programs know about this opportunity for
former foster youth.
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Developing an informational brochure and poster about the program.
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Reaching out to all stake-holders who care about foster youth and their
futures.
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UC Davis
Guardian Professions Program
Survey at:
http://tinyurl.com/UCDavisGPPsurvey
For more information:
Sylvia Sensiper, MA, PhD
[email protected]
530-757-8984

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