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The purpose of this assessment was to gather data on reasons why students struggle when they get to college and then assess if the Bears First program has helped reduce these barriers. Exit surveys and suspension appeals were used to determine the reasons why students leave or were suspended. A combination of focus groups, individual interviews, and surveys were used to determine the effect that Bears First has had on students in their first semester. Students were also asked about personal and academic experiences with UNC as a whole.

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