Triton Sophomore Scholars Program

Triton Sophomore Scholars is a pilot summer program (introduced in summer 2017) designed to support rising sophomores achieve success as they pursue their four-year plan to degree at UC San Diego. During the 10 weeks of the program, scholars will experience a comprehensive approach to college life by focusing on one course per summer session, living on campus, and connecting with faculty, staff, students, and university resources.

Scholars form a residential learning community to bolster their sense of belonging as Tritons and foster life-long friendships and connections. The learning community will include academic and social activities. Scholars will enroll in two 4-unit courses over two summer sessions that are critical to their degree progress. Scholars will receive individualized and structured academic support, including Supplemental Instruction and tutoring, personalized learning assessments and goal setting, study skills instruction, contact with faculty and staff, and peer mentoring from experienced upper-division students. The Career Center works with scholars to identify on-campus employment opportunities aligned with their individual educational and professional goals.

The pilot program continued beyond the initial summer program. The 2017-18 academic year support includes the following through the efforts of the Triton Achievement Partners:

  • Continue to address and educate students about academic issues through programming and individual or small group conversations with the Triton Achievement Partners Learning Strategists.
  • Encourage students’ involvement in activities through small group meetings and programs sponsored by the Triton Achievement Partners and in collaboration with academic departments, residence life staff, student government/association, campus organizations, etc.
  • Participate in purposeful intervention strategies with students by utilizing knowledge of the phases of student development during the second year of college.
  • Facilitate continued connections between second-year students and the university community through the existing faculty mentor program, informal meetings between faculty and students, and other mechanisms.
  • Provide opportunities to build life skills in areas such as stress management and sense of belonging through collaborations with campus departments, e.g. CAPS, and community centers.
  • Continue supporting second-year students in improving their university culture by referring them to appropriate academic resources.
  • Continue to assist second-year students in their recently achieved success in navigating the university’s cultural values.

Data is being collected and analyzed to measure the effectiveness of the pilot program and to determine next steps.