The Liberty Partnerships Program
Now in its twenty-third year, the New York State grant-funded Pace University Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) annually serves 250 New York City students from local area high schools. Using a case management model, the program identifies students at risk for academic failure, and provides them with a broad range of services assisting its members to succeed academically and socially. Working with school guidance personnel and teachers, the LPP is an academic support and enrichment program designed to increase student motivation and ability to complete junior/high school and seek entry into post-secondary education and the workforce. The LPP’s graduates--many of whom are “first generation college bound” students--enter college at rates higher than 93%. The Pace LPP sites also serve as field placement experiences for Pace undergraduate and graduate students.
The Pace LPP College Counseling Program
Students map a plan of action to achieve both high school academic success and college and career goals through college counseling and career guidance. Pace LPP students are encouraged to enroll in Advanced Placement courses, college level courses, writing workshops, and additional enrichment courses. Pace LPP college advisory counselors coordinate workshops on transition to college for PACE LPP seniors and their parents to ensure that students and parents are aware of the changes ahead and develop plans to meet those challenges. Students are encouraged to meet with college admissions representatives and program alumni to discuss the challenges and obstacles that the Pace LPP students may face as they transition to college.
Academic Support Services
All LPP students attend academic and enrichment workshops. Tutoring is mandatory for any member who receive a grade below 75 in any academic subject or who failed a regents test. Each student meets with a LPP academic advisor to develop an academic plan for a productive and achievement-oriented high school career. During freshman and sophomore years, students’ academic progress is monitored by Pace LPP staff. Interviews and report cards indicate areas of concern that receive targeted intervention. Study skills and time management workshops are conducted for students to master effective study skills. For junior year starting in the fall semester, each LPP student member is required to attend the college preparatory seminar. In this seminar, students learn the “business” of college admissions to better understand the college application process and to make better informed college-related decisions. Each LPP student is assigned to a Pace LPP college advisor, and individualized college planning starts in the spring semester. Members are filing college applications with the guidance of his/her Pace LPP college advisor in the fall. Designated Pace LPP advisors are available to work with students throughout the college application process.