EOP Kalmanovitz Academy

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What is the EOP Kalmanovitz Academy?

EOP Kalmanovitz Academy is a dynamic first-year program designed to assist new EOP students to create support networks and expand academic and critical analysis skills. The EOP Kalmanovitz Academy is a learning community tailored to meet your needs and help you make a successful transition from high school to the university. The goal of EOP Univ 102 is to help EOP students form a shared “safe” community of their peers in a multicultural classroom environment that directly addresses and helps students effectively navigate the developmental stages inherent in achieving a sense of fuller inclusion, “fitting in” to the larger middle-class normed college community. The subject matter is immersed in social justice and equity issues and is designed to give meaning to individual life experiences. In addition to receiving in-class academic support and instruction in college success skills, you will also be offered a range of educational, recreational, social, and cultural activities designed to help you increase your involvement in, and satisfaction with campus life; and to start you on the road to becoming a successful Sonoma State University student. 

The Educational Opportunity Program Academy is designed to provide academic and social support for our incoming EOP first-time first-year (FTFY) participants, through the creation of a learning community. Incoming students will enroll in a block of classes with approximately 25 other EOP FTFY. Here is an example of this block schedule:

  • English 101 or ENGL 100A (3 units)
  • University 102 (2 units)
  • Gen Ed (GE) Usually an AMCS/SOC/CALS course (3-4 units)
  • Major Course (3 units)
Students will choose the remainder of their first semester courses with the help of an EOP advisor. It has been demonstrated that students taking part in this type of learning community tend to adapt quicker to the challenges of college, and in turn, become more successful students during their first year than students taking classes on an individual basis.They form a connection to the university, develop a peer support group, and receive assistance from their faculty quicker and more effectively than do other students. During their second semester at Sonoma State, the EOP Academy students will continue to take a group of classes organized for them, which will include either an English class or a course in critical thinking, a GE class, and an elective course from a number of class offerings.