Community College Transfer Students Making an Impact at Elite Colleges

NPR recently reported on how Princeton admitted 13 transfer students this fall – the first time Princeton has done so in THREE DECADES!

Because of the success of those students, Princeton has decided to reinstate the transfer program by encouraging students from “low-income families, the military and from community colleges.”

Reynolds Librarians wanted to highlight some of the article’s findings and encourage you all to read it – and apply to Princeton!

  • Community colleges enroll 41 percent of all U.S. undergraduates.
  • 56 percent of Native American undergrads are enrolled in community colleges.
  • 52 percent of Hispanic undergrads are enrolled in community colleges.
  • 43 percent of African American undergrads are enrolled in community colleges.

You can find the article here: https://www.npr.org/2018/12/04/667381514/top-colleges-seeking-diversity-from-a-new-source-transfer-students

We are so proud of all of you!

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Scott Bakal for NPR

Advance College Academy Students Pilot The Source Deck at Reynolds Library

Reynolds Library hosted 47 Advance College Academy students in two library instruction sessions as part of their SDV 100 course. The students piloted an information literacy activity called The Source Deck.

source deckThe Source Deck is a series of research activities that students complete in small groups. The activities are all hands-on, and include essential research skills like finding resources, identifying parts of a citation, evaluating resources and understanding the publication timeline.

The Source Deck was adapted by librarians Denise Woetzel and Mary Hanlin, seen here leading the session, based on The Source Deck originally developed at the University of Virginia.

aca 2These classes of ACA students are rising 11th graders at Tucker High School. In the summer between their sophomore and junior years, ACA students take two college classes on campus during one of Reynolds five-week sessions.

In the spring the library hosts ninth grade students from the ACA programs. This year 147 students came to Reynolds for a campus tour and to complete the Library Scavenger Hunt, a hands-on library orientation that involves small groups and iPads.

The Advance College Academy allows high school students to earn an Associate Degree while still in high school. ACA programs are available at Tucker, Highland Springs, Goochland and Powhatan High Schools.

 

Library to library outreach: Reynolds librarians present to college-bound seniors at Hermitage High School

Denise Woetzel presents to college-bound English classes at Hermitage High School.
Denise Woetzel presents to college-bound English classes at Hermitage High School.

Denise Woetzel, Information Literacy Librarian, and Suzanne Sherry, Parham Campus Library Coordinator, presented the information session “College Libraries and Research: Top 10 Things to Expect” on December 8, 2014 to students at Hermitage High School.

College-bound senior English students participated in the six sessions, and the Reynolds librarians reached almost 400 students during the event. Students were interested in hearing about college libraries and research, especially the cafes in many large libraries. Students also shared their own experiences visiting other colleges.

Hermitage High School is located near Reynolds Parham Road Campus in Henrico County.

Anita Tarbox, one of the librarians at Hermitage High School, hosted the event. “High School students need help preparing and transitioning academically, particularly with the research skills they will need in college. The advice to ALWAYS ASK your professor or librarian will assist our students as they enter the adult world of college.”

Librarians Alison Timm, Anita Tarbox, Suzanne Sherry and Denise Woetzel at Hermitage High School
Librarians Alison Timm, Anita Tarbox, Suzanne Sherry and Denise Woetzel at Hermitage High School

Librarians are committed to helping students succeed in high school, college and beyond. Though this collaboration was one small step for librarians, it was one giant leap for student success.

All photographs courtesy of Anita Tarbox.

 

World Cup Fever! Watch USA vs. Belgium @ DTC and PRC Libraries

Photo by Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports
Photo by Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports

Students, faculty, staff— join us for the USA vs. Belgium game on Tuesday, July 1 at 4:00.

Both the Downtown and Parham Road campus libraries will be streaming the match as USA and Belgium play for a spot the quarter finals.

Games will be shown in the libraries’ instruction room (Downtown 212, Parham 103J.)

Join us to cheer (or commiserate) on Tuesday!

GOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!

Goochland Campus in Virginia Gardener Magazine

ImageScott Burrell, agriculture specialist at the Goochland Campus, has just had his 21st and 22nd article published in the February Issue of Virginia Gardener Magazine.

His article Maximum Garden, Minimum Time, features a photograph of the landscaping at the Goochland Campus (look for it on page 26.) His article In the Green Zone mentions Reynolds in the first sentence and features a photograph of Horticulture Head David Seward (page 58.)

The upcoming March Issue of Virginia Gardener will feature an article and photographs of Mr. Burrell’s home garden.

Virginia Gardener is available at the Goochland and Parham Campus Libraries.

Interested in more gardening magazines? Other titles include:

  • Birds and Blooms (Goochland only)
  • Fine Gardening (Goochland and Parham)
  • Organic Gardening (Goochland and Parham)

Reynolds Library also has gardening books for check out.  Goochland has the largest collection, but books can be transferred to any of our three campuses on request.

Don’t know how to place a hold on a book? Check out our video tutorial on finding and reserving books from Reynolds Library’s YouTube channel. Or contact any campus library via phone, email or chat.

Spring is coming!

Tech-Savvy Community Colleges

“The fourth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey identifies and spotlights colleges that provide a high level of service to their students and faculty through information technology. Schools were placed in three categories based on size of enrollment, with college officials providing information from the 2007 school year.”  Several Virginia community colleges were selected this year.  For the complete list of winners, check out the Center for Digital Education web site.

Brainstorm: The Value of Community Colleges


“With all the talk about the affordability of attending college, and the recent initiatives by some of America’s best-endowed universities to enhance their accessibility to people from all walks of life, including those who fall between the poles of rich and poor socio-economically, a random piece of data caught my eye the other day.”  Check out the data that has put Stephen Joel Trachtenberg into thought and join him and many others in the debate of the value of community colleges at http://chronicle.com/review/brainstorm/article/?id=146&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en.