STAR Program Hosts Closing Ceremony for Summer Fast Track Institute
The Summer Fast Track Institute, through UHD's STAR Program, recently hosted its closing ceremony last week. The Institute is a 12-day program designed to enhance student skills in reading, writing and math to ensure student success in college and the new Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment.
During the closing ceremony, opening remarks were provided by President Flores and the keynote address was given by John Hudson, director of the UHD Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores, director of the UHD Center for Public Service and Family Strengths, presented students with certificates of completion, as well as a presentation on service-learning and community engagement. Katrina Borders, program director in University College, Spencer McGuire and Consuela Cooper, both STAR program coordinators, served as additional guests speakers. Students also enjoyed cake and watching a video of their reflections throughout the program.
Incoming UHD freshmen who are conditionally admitted and those with TSI scores falling below the college ready threshold in math (336-349), reading (342-350) or writing (350-635) are eligible to participate.
Students who actively participate will have the opportunity to:
- Receive a cash stipend at the beginning of each week to cover transportation and dining.
- Receive a copy of the freshman common reader and the chance to begin drafting an essay for the scholarship competition.
- Interact with faculty to learn high-impact strategies to boost new TSI scores along with skills that will prepare students for the college classroom.
- Become acquainted with the UHD campus, make new friends and gain valuable knowledge about financial aid, resources, options for majors and careers and more.
- By-pass courses that do not count towards their college GPA or graduation.
- Register for college-level courses.
- Qualify to win a free laptop.
- Receive a $250 cash stipend at the program's conclusion.
- Receive an additional $250 cash stipend in September by testing out of one or more developmental courses.