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Mike Bosco

Mike Bosco is the Dean of Students at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. He has presented on topics related to strategic enrollment management at regional, national, and international conferences.

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Smaller classes make a bigger impact

Posted by Mike Bosco on Jun 21, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Small class size and accessible academic supports play a critical role in helping students graduate. We’ve heard this story so many times. A student enrolls at a large community college or university, but drops out due to not being unable to make the transition, or getting lost in the maze of higher education and “feeling like a number.” It’s not for lack of intelligence or hard work. Students simply do not get the one-on-one attention and support they need to thrive in the classroom and workplace.

BFIT’s Student Success model is structured to help students succeed, especially those who thrive in small, hands-on learning environments. The college’s 13:1 student to faculty ratio is designed to give students direct access to their instructors during class and outside the classroom. Students’ questions can be answered as they arise and not postponed until later “office hours.” You can’t hide or get lost in a small class. Instructors know each student individually and are aware when they are falling behind. When this happens, they can quickly communicate with student services and advisors to get the student the help they need.

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Free summer courses help students stay on pathway to success

Posted by Mike Bosco on May 3, 2016 4:30:00 PM


Last week, Boston.com reported some sobering news. According to the recently released National Assessment Governing Board’s “Nation’s Report Card," only 37 percent of high school seniors are academically prepared for college-level math and reading course­work.

High school students in Massachusetts do slightly better. In 2013, 12th graders performed nine points higher than the national average on the math test and six points higher on the reading test. Yet, the problem still remains: too often, students enter college unprepared for the academic rigors of higher education. In fact, more than 50% of students entering two-year degree programs require remedial coursework before they can begin to tackle their degree.


More than 50% of students entering two-year degree programs require remedial coursework before they can begin to tackle their degree.



Many of these students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, financially and academically, and immediately fall behind before even getting started on their degree. As the burden becomes too great to overcome, these students begin to drop out before reaching graduation – 62% complete their remediation coursework and then only 22% earn their degree.

Yet, where a challenge exists, so too does opportunity. Through supportive efforts that enhance academic, social and personal growth, we help students overcome these challenges, obtain a degree, and secure a rewarding job. By doing this, they can uplift themselves and their families, and add to the economic vitality of the Commonwealth.

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