LIMA — A new college preparation program will be coming to Lima this summer, one that, according to founder Stanford Baddley, meets a glaring need in the postsecondary community.
“Much of my frustration is that I see so many people come to university unprepared and just don’t make it,” he said. “It’s not that students can’t be successful in college, but they don’t necessarily get the skills and the strategies that they need to be successful.”
Baddley’s observations into this lack of preparation go back to his years of experience working for various universities.
“I started out first at Kent State and was there for four years, then I went to Cleveland State and was there for another four years,” he said. “I then worked in Missouri for three years and then I landed at Wright State in Celina for 11 years. I left Celina because the Dayton campus wanted me to take on an initiative there, and then I was at Dayton for almost seven years.”
No matter where he was working, Baddley encountered many students ill-prepared for the rigors of postsecondary education.
“I’m not knocking high schools, but they prepare you to be college eligible, not college ready,” he said. “That is a distinction that needs to be made. College ready is defined as being able to take first-year courses and meet those requirements without having to take any remediation. Many students graduate from high schools needing remediation.”
Rather than simply ensuring that graduating high school students have the factual knowledge needed to enter college, Baddley developed the Preparing Rigorously to Excel and Prevail in College, or PREP, College Readiness Program to help students develop skills and strategies necessary for them to become effective learners.
“I want to help students develop strong academic behaviors, such as being able to manage time and become an active learner,” he said. “Those are some essential things that students need to be able to do to be successful in college.”
Baddley’s program, beginning June 3, will be formatted into two individual five-week sessions that meet twice a week for three hours. Topics covered during this program include setting goals, acquiring effective communication skills and managing change.
“My goal is to establish a critical mass of high school students who go through this program and are very astute and knowledgeable as far as how universities operate,” he said. “This will help them develop a level of self-confidence before they even arrive on campus.”
The cost for the program is $500, which includes books and refreshments. While Baddley recognizes this to be a significant investment, he notes that families will actually save money in the long run.
“For example, if students go to Ohio State, the cost is $83,000 if they graduate in four years,” he said. “If they extend that by a year, that’s an additional $20,000. So my goal is to help students go in with a plan and shorten that time period. If they shorten that, they will save a significant amount of money.”
The deadline to register for this program is April 25, and Baddley is willing to meet with prospective families prior to registration.
“As a parent, I think parents will want to talk with the person who is doing this to see if it’s too good to be true,” he said. “I’m certainly willing to meet with students and parents because I’ve always been a student advocate and I have a passion for doing this work. That’s why I’m doing it.”
To register, go to www.prep-college.com.