To help achieve the goals and objectives of the Provost Scholars program, several methods will be employed:
- One-to-one interactions between Provost Scholars and mentors.
- Provost Scholars and mentors will develop a set of goals that consist of academic, social, and cultural activities, along with timelines and outcomes-creating a personalized plan for the pursuit of excellence.
- Provost Scholars will come to the CWRU Campus at the designated time each week to work with the faculty mentor and participate in other learning related activities that reinforce the students’ positive approaches to working and learning and enhance relationships with the CWRU community. These and other CWRU based activities should also assist them with transitioning from one grade to the next, discourage school failure, and encourage academic excellence within the context of mentor modeling, relationship building, and career planning.
- Meetings with parents, CWRU mentors, mentees, teachers, and advisors will be embedded into the Program and coordinated by the Program manager.
- An annual “Town Hall” meeting held for “mentor-mentee partners” to display their work, describe their accomplishments, present organized discussions about educational opportunities in science, medicine, engineering, nursing, drama, law, or other areas of interests that would have been generated by the Provost Scholars.
The Provost Scholars Program embraces several groups: students (mentees), parents, CWRU faculty, teachers, advisors, and staff. A brief description is provided about each group. Click here to view the current list of program participants.
Students: Twelve enrolled male and female students at Heritage or Shaw will be invited to become Provost Scholars in the Program. They will range in age from 10-17 years of age. All students will be residents in the East Cleveland Community, and enrolled as full-time students in this public school. The majority of the students is of African descent, and is indigenous to the community. However, a youth of any race/ethnicity can participate in the Provost Scholars program.
Parents: The parents or caregivers who are legally responsible for the students are invited to become involved in the Program. They also live in the East Cleveland community, and agree to participate in and support the mission and Program activities that are associated with the Program. Parents will be actively involved in the Program through their participation in town hall meetings, parent-mentor-staff meetings, and other planned activities. They will also become acquainted with the mentor.
Faculty: CWRU faculty and staff personnel will be invited to serve as volunteer mentors. These professional role models are also committed, thoughtful, and trusted friends. They will serve as academic and career advisors, who will help the mentees to make significant contributions to their families, their community, and to the global society. Faculty and staff may assume multiple roles, including tutoring, mentoring, networking, and refining social and personal presentation. The mentees, through working with the mentor, will have chances to enhance skills and behaviors that will be needed in the 21st century. Faculty and staff mentors will be expected to devote one afternoon per week, typically on Tuesday afternoons, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with their mentees who will be on the university campus.
Advisors: With the assistance of advisors, the Provost Scholars Program will grow and develop in depth and scope. Advisors will be individuals who represent some of the most motivated and committed talent from all levels of our communities and CWRU, to include business people, educators, bankers, community leaders, and other interested persons.
Teachers: The teachers at Heritage are diverse in age, ethnicity, and race. They are specialists in middle school education, and work to help the students at Heritage to embody high academic, interpersonal, and social/societal standards.
Personnel: The staff will have overlapping linkages, responsibilities, and presence at CWRU and the East Cleveland School District (ECSD). The Superintendent of Schools at the ECSD and the Provost at CWRU will be directly involved in the project. They, along with others, will help to provide vision, leadership, advocacy, and support across the two institutions and numerous other community organizations.
Other Program Components
Safe Journey Home: After all ECSD and CWRU Provost Scholar activities, a CWRU faculty member will board the school bus and accompany the students to their homes. This single act has helped to link families to the program, and it provides “on-the-spot” communications between faculty, parents, relatives, and other curious teens who sometimes ask how they can become a Provost Scholar.
Home Visits: At the beginning of each year, the director will make a home visit to meet the parents or guardians, explain the program, and elicit their support for their child. Emphasis will be placed on attendance at all planned events, homework, and articulating shared values about learning, citizenship, and career planning, including academic and vocational areas of interests.