Local High School Students Complete Summer SAT and College Program
As part of Seton Hall University’s programming in support of the local community, the Core teamed up with the English Department to provide free verbal SAT and college preparation classes to local students. Now in its fifth year, the program attracted a record number of participants offered in 3 course sections, both in person and online. This kind of outreach effort and flexible delivery demonstrates a commitment to equal access to education and community impact. This initiative also aligns with the University strategic plan, Harvest Our Treasures, as well as collaboration across academic disciplines.
The fact that these classes have been running for five years and have grown to include both in-person and online options highlights their effectiveness and the dedication of everyone involved. The diverse range of faculty members in, including professors Mildred Antenor, M.A., Jessica Cavagnaro, and Robert Pallitto, Ph.D., J.D., underscores the interdisciplinary nature of the program and its ability to offer valuable insights from different fields and to effectively engage students from a variety of backgrounds.
It's also commendable how the project has brought together various divisions of the university, including the Core, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences, Continuing Education & Professional Studies and the Teaching and Learning Technology Center. It also leveraged a range of community relationships, including Rev. Forrest Pritchett’s outreach to local nonprofits and parishes. The collaborative effort among different departments truly speaks to the university's commitment to its strategic plan and the shared goal of expanding educational opportunities.
The focus on providing not only SAT preparation but also guidance on college applications and an understanding of college-level English writing is crucial. Navigating the college application process can indeed be challenging, especially for students, who might not have the same resources as their peers. By addressing these challenges and helping students prepare, the university is actively working to level the playing field and make higher education more accessible. Program coordination and oversight was provided by Maribel Landrau, Assistant Director of the Core.