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Bulldog Foundations

Explore social justice issues, consider life skills necessary for success, and refine academic strategies.

Bulldog Foundations is a one-credit hour course that helps students explore concepts and develop skills that are crucial for development of meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.

Topics Covered in Bulldog Foundations

Equity and Inclusion

  • How Do We Navigate?
  • Who’s Here? Who’s Not Here?
  • Who Benefits?

Time Management and Study Strategies

Stress Identification and Management

Bystander Intervention

Healthy Relationships and Violence Prevention

Resilience and Mindfulness

Student Gains Demonstrated Through Bulldog Foundations

In the 2018-19 school year, we retained students who took Bulldog Foundations as 2 percentage points higher than those who did not. Additionally, the majority of students who took the class perceived gains in the following areas:

  • Learning about my own and others’ identities helped me think about my own identities
  • Learning about different values and cultures helped me better understand myself
  • This course helped equip me to engage respectfully across difference
  • This course helped me to develop strategies to connect with university resources
  • I learned about strategies to intervene or address negative behaviors within my community

Women had statistically significant higher self-reported gains than men on the following measures:

  • Learning about different values and cultures helped me better understand   myself
  • This course provided me with effective learning strategies
  • I learned how to enhance my academic success
  • This course provided me with effective time management strategies
  • This course provided me with effective self-care strategies

Men self-reported statistically significant higher gains on the following measure:

  • This course helped me think about my own and others’ identities
  • Two measures showed statistically significant differences in self-reported gains for students of color:
    • I learned how to enhance my academic success
    • This course provided me with effective self-care strategies
  • Students of color also more strongly agreed than white students, at a statistically significant rate the following statement:
    • I would recommend taking a Bulldog Foundations course to other students

 

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