Ideas and Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Groups of Students in Early Intervention Training Programs

Pip Campbell, from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Brian D. Hurwitz, with New Jersey City University presented Ideas and Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Groups of College Students at the winter 2000 OSEP NECTAS Annual meeting in Washington, DC. Both have been recipients of OSEP-funded personnel preparation grants to recruit, retain and train early intervention personnel from diverse groups.

Providing tuition support is necessary to increase the diversity among students in college and university programs for early intervention training, however tuition support alone is NOT sufficient. Successful programs are ones that provide ongoing, consistent and meaningful support, in addition to tuition assistance.

Key to the success of these programs was that they created Learning communities where the unique strengths of the students are appreciated. Each student feels valued. Equal opportunity for all students means, "going the extra mile" for everyone.

Here are the lessons that the presenters shared with the audience about recruiting and retaining diverse students whoare interested in working in early intervention programs.

Recruiting Lessons:

Lessons learned about retaining students in college programs once they are enrolled:

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