Carrie V. Smith


This article includes a suggested model for postsecondary institutions to address the problem of summer melt among students from low-income backgrounds. The model accounts for four areas deemed integral support systems for low-income students to matriculate. The following partners are advised: student affairs, admissions, counselor education graduate programs, K-12 counselors, and financial aid. Within this collaboration, personnel within the student affairs divisions serve as the conveners and developmental experts. The article also outlines a summer melt prevention program that could be the focus of this type of collaboration. Due to the unique multiltifaceted design of this model, the author includes a discussion on navigating the process including benefits to each partner, as well as caveats for implementation.

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