2. Expected proficiencies related to diversity.
3. Assessments to measure diversity-related proficiencies.
4. Summary of candidate performance on above assessments.
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6. Unit policies, practices, and procedures that facilitate experiences with faculty, candidates, and P-12 students from diverse groups:
Field Placement Policies
All candidates are expected to have at least one field placement each in an urban, suburban, and rural environment. This is monitored through on-going communication between departments and the STEP Office.
7. Policies and practices for recruiting and retaining:
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is committed to the following:
We will treat each applicant as an individual, and make every effort to take into account the enormous variation in academic and co-curricular opportunities from one school to the next, from one state to the next. Experience suggests that excellence does not always, and everywhere, come in uniform dimensions. We are aware that an important part of a student’s education is derived from the mix of students he or she will live with, study and play with, and come to know.
The following initiatives are integral to supporting the recruiting and retaining of diverse candidates:
This grant-funded program is designed for high school seniors who have an interest in teaching in urban environments. While it does not draw minority candidates exclusively, it has helped us to develop interest in TCNJ among students from a variety of backgrounds. Interest has been so keen that the TCNJ admissions counselor who focuses on minority recruitment has begun to work with the program organizers regarding admissions procedures.
Selective Inclusivity Committee:
College ad-hoc committee charged with exploring, evaluating and making recommendations for addressing the challenge of maintaining exemplary academic profile admissions while also addressing the need for diverse student body.
Minority Scholars Reception:
In concert with the admissions office, the educational opportunity fund office, and academic support services, this reception is held semi-annually to invite high-achieving college-bound African American, Latino, and other under-represented groups to TCNJ at large and the SOE in particular. Many of these students are eligible for national merit scholarships as well as state-wide Educational Opportunity Fund Promise awards (for first generation college students), and college-wide Chairman of the Board Minority scholarships.
Minority Retention Taskforce:
College-wide committee comprised of academic faculty, staff, and student support service administrators who meet regularly to identify best practices in minority student retention and to make recommendations to college governance for full implementation at the school-wide and college-wide levels.
The Career and Community Studies Program (CCS) is a nondegree, college-based, liberal studies program for students with significant cognitive disabilities (ages 18 to 25) designed to prepare them for adult life through academic rigor, career discovery and preparation, and peer socialization as part of a diverse community of learners. Students wanting to be considered for this program present a disability that is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior. They are highly motivated young adults who would likely have considerable difficulty succeeding in a traditional college degree program. Several teacher candidates volunteer to serve as mentors for CCS students, providing our teacher candidates with daily social and instructional interactions with students who have significant cognitive deficiencies.