Middle School Initaitives
Enrollment Outreach and Veteran Services establishes partnerships with area middle schools. The relationship a prospective student builds with colleges and universities early on is crucial in determining what choice is ranked above all others during his or her junior and senior high school years. This program brings middle school students to campus to assist in the students seeing college as a viable option for them; to familiarize them with the necessary academic and financial preparation they will need to successfully gain admission to college; and to cultivate them as future Morgan students by exposing them to our campus community.
The following is an outline for a College Gateway Partnership Program. For example, such a program would allow for Baltimore County Public Schools’ (BCPS) middle school students to visit Morgan State University’s campus, tour our facilities, be given firsthand experience at what college life is about, and what it takes to be admitted into such a prestigious University. Most importantly, such a program will begin to establish a relationship between Morgan State and area students, a relationship that will prove vital as these middle school students matriculate through high school and begin their college search.
Outlined below are the expected contributions needed from each component of this partnership in order to ensure the success of the program.
The anticipated commitments needed from Morgan’s administration to ensure the successful enactment of the Baltimore County College Gateway Partnership program are as follows:
The creation and full utilization of the Campus Pals Program*
- The availability of SMART classrooms
- Faculty presentations
- Career Development Lessons
- Campus Tours
- Identifiable lanyards, folders and pens distributed to all Partnership participants
In conjunction with Morgan’s administration, there are specific commitments needed from the Campus Pals Program*:
Meet with BCPS Administration to discuss the program components for the Middle School Project
Meet with the Directors of Career Development to initiate discussions for a college-wide lesson plan
Meet with Mr. Roger Avery and Thompson Hospitality, and with BCPS administration to discuss appropriate menu options for middle school students
Develop an comprehensive and audience-appropriate “Why Choose College” Power Point Presentation by which middle school students will be introduced to to cllege life, engaged and motivated to continue their education.
Those anticipated commitments needed from BCPS are as follows:
Transportation for all middle school Partnership participants
Lunch for all middle school Partnership participants
In-service training for BCPS teachers and professional counselors
Preparation and follow-up lessons, curriculum development, and project evaluation
*Campus Pals is a program that thrives on promoting the importance of higher education. In order to achieve this goal elementary and middle school students are taken on tours of the campus while discussing college life. The tours enable the children to fully grasp the idea of higher education and its importance. It is the hope of Campus Pals to inspire every student that embarks on a tour of the campus of Morgan State University to continue their education pass their current grade levels.