CRUISE/PEER NAVIGATORS

The CRUISE (Creating Rich Unique Intellectual Student Experience) pilot program, coordinated by Student Success Specialist Agustin Rivera, Jr., includes multiple components geared toward supporting students.  Beginning in Summer 2015, CRUISE was developed as an outreach and support network to first time students.  Participants attend a multi-day event that includes a tour of the campus, opportunities to meet other students and faculty, and tools for navigating success in an academic program.31896767910_3e8a7173f4_o

As part of the program, Participants are connected to a Peer Navigator (student mentor). These Peer Navigators serve as an on-going source of support and guidance for students:  alerting them to upcoming events, hosting workshops, and providing encouragement.  We currently have 16 Peer Navigators serving approximately 400 students.

31458958423_5e7702b47d_o1The goals for the CRUISE Program include: increasing student connection to campus, persistence, and academic performance. On the whole, all participants tended to have better academic outcomes; specifically they had higher rates of persistence and c31458945963_bcab846bd6_oourse success.  Additionally, participants who practiced more frequent two-way contacts were associated with higher levels of performance.  Some highlights include:

 

Fall 2015 First-Time Student CRUISE Participant and Comparison Group Outcomes

 

Group

Fall 2015 Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 Persistence Rate
Retention Rate Success Rate Term GPA
CRUISE Participant 90% 76% 2.66 93%
Not Participant 88% 66% 2.35 72%

Spring 2016 CRUISE Participants and Comparison Group Outcomes

 

Group

Spring 2016
Retention Rate Success Rate Term GPA
CRUISE Participant 92% 72% 2.44
Not Participant 87% 68% 2.33

Fall 2015 Summer First-Time Student CRUISE Participant Outcomes by Two-Way Contacts

# Two-Way Contacts Fall 2015 Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 Persistence Rate
Retention Rate Success Rate Term GPA
0-1 88% 67% 2.36 93%
2-4 89% 74% 2.70 96%
5-7 90% 80% 2.78 91%
>=8 93% 83% 2.85 92%
Total 90% 76% 2.66 93%

Link to the full report can be found here:

2015 Summer CRUISE Student Outcomes

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