Student Retention (STAR)
Kaibigang Pilipin@'s Student Teaching Academic and Retention (KP STAR) is a student-initiated and student-run program designed to promote the retention and increase graduation rates of Pilipin@s and Filipin@-Americans at UCSD to advance the hope of achieving diversity at institutions of higher education. Through its three distinct yet cohesive components, we cultivate and strengthen a unified, supportive community, challenging each other to realize personal and academic success. KP STAR values the retention and matriculation of all underrepresented and underserved students based on the needs of the Pilipin@ undergraduate population.
- Kuya/Ate/Ading: The Kuya/Ate/Ading component provides mentors that facilitates and builds one-to-one relationships with incoming freshpeople. Mentors act as role models and positive influences in the social transition of their mentees. The component aims to create a sense of community and long-lasting supportive relationships between mentors and mentees.
- Peer Counseling: The Peer Counseling component serves as a resource that facilitates students’ academic, social and personal transition. Through the program, students are able to meet with a peer counselor who may provide them with emotional support and direct them to valuable resources that may aid them in their personal growth, academic transition, community involvement and leadership development. Peer counselors are also trained to facilitate dialogues, general body meetings and workshops relating to issues of identity, oppression, etc.
- Academic: The Academic component provides workshops and peer study groups that facilitates students’ academic transition. Workshops will focus on study skills, time management, academic career planning, matriculation to graduate school, academic resources, career planning and post-grad transition. Peer study groups bring together students either in the same field, major or classes to discuss and study current class material.
Although UCSD prides itself based on its demographic numbers, the Filipino population at UCSD is a mere 5%. Seeing as how Filipinos generate the KP STAR target population, it is important that retention efforts are successful in order to retain the 5% of Filipinos at UCSD, avoiding loss of students through discomfort, disillusion and dropout rates. In addition, because 30% of students are first generation college students and 36% of students report that English is not their home language, such facts may become barriers for students, putting them at an educational disadvantage. Therefore, programs aimed specifically at the Filipino demographic are essential to maintain and hopefully increase the number of Filipinos on this campus.
In 2001, a group of KP members made a trip to UCLA to find out about their Pilipin@ retention program, Samahang Pilipino Education and Academic Retention (SPEAR). Under the direction of Rene Gube (Vice-Chair Internal) and April Limcolioc (Freshperson Executive), KP decided to start its own retention component called STAR.
However, the program hardly took off. The leadership had problems establishing STAR as a program and eventually no one else took the initiative to continue the initial vision. However, in the 2005-2006 academic school year, David Reyes (Vice-Chair Internal), Sheryl Diaz (Vice-Chair External), and Christy Nierva (Staff Adviser) officially established KP STAR as a part of KP. With the formation of the Peer Counseling component, in conjunction with the addition of the Kuya/Ate/Ading and Tutoring components that had been present within KP since 1998, KP STAR was institutionalized.