Programs

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Freshman Enrichment

Freshman Enrichment (FE) is a one-semester program designed to help new Freshmen transition into college with the support of an academic coach. The key element of this program is the student. With the student's dedication and by providing a holistic approach, the academic coach will help the student focus and maximize his/her efforts in pursuing academic success. Applicants will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Students are accepted to participate in FE based on the following:

  • GPA is < 2.50 on a 4-point scale, and/or
  • ACT composite score is < 18, or combined SAT score is < 1290
 

Steps for students registering through FE

  • Complete the FE Participation Agreement.  
  • Register for up to 15 credit hours with help from their Academic Advisor; anything above 15 hours must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Administration.  
  • Set a weekly appointment with an academic coach.

FE students are to complete the semester with a GPA of 2.0 or better. Each student's progress and GPA is reviewed by the Readmissions Committee at the end of each semester. The vice president for academic administration communicates with each student regarding his or her next semester status.

 
 

 

Integrated College Experience

 

Integrated College Experience (ICE) is a two-semester program designed to help new Freshmen transition into college with the support of an academic coach. The key element of this program is the student. With the student's dedication and by providing a holistic approach, the academic coach will help the student focus and maximize his/her efforts in pursuing academic success. Applicants will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

For this first year, the advisor for students in the ICE program is the director of the TLC. Students are registered as seeking a General Education Associates Degree. In order to provide a smooth transition to college, classes will be carefully chosen for each student. By doing so, students will have a year to focus on learning skills, assimilate to college living, take advantage of academic coaching and tutoring support, and interact with other ICE students in a learning community setting.

Students are accepted to participate in ICE based on the following:

  • GPA is < 2.50 on a 4-point scale, and/or
  • ACT composite score is < 18, or combined SAT score is < 1290
 

Steps for students registering through FE

  • Complete the ICE Participation Agreement.  
  • Register for up to 15 credit hours with help from their Academic Advisor; anything above 15 hours must be approved by the Vice President for Academic Administration.  
  • Complete TLCM 100, Bridge: Building Connections.  
    • This one-hour credit course is designed to help ICE students transition into their college experience, meet other first-year students, and learn college academic skills.
    • We will be using two textbooks:
      • Your Complete Guide to College Sucess: How to Study Smart, Achieve Your Goals, and Enjoy Campus Life by Daniel J. Foss, Ph.D.

        This book is a great resource as you transition into college. Feel free to purchase it now and get a head start! Contact the Campus Store.

      • Your College Experience, Strategies for Success Eleventh Edition by John Gardner and Betsy Barefoot
  • Set a weekly appointment with an academic coach.  

In order for a student to complete ICE successfully, he or she must finish the school year with a GPA of above 2.00. Each student's progress and GPA is reviewed by the Readmissions Committee at the end of each semester. The Vice President for Academic Administration communicates with each student regarding his or her next semester status.

 
 

 

Personal Academic College Coaching

 

Coaching is an individualized process which assists and supports students in developing a plan and skills to achieve academic and life goals. Some examples are time management, organizational assistance, test taking, and study strategies.

Coaching acknowledges personal history but focuses on skill development and implementation of new strategies that benefit the student in achieving their goals and becoming more fulfilled and better equipped to meet the daily challenges of college life. In academic coaching, the coach and student design an alliance together that is synergistic in nature. They co-engineer the process as a team so as to avoid a situation of “nagging.” The roles of each are clearly defined in the beginning. Together they decide what to do and how to do it. Coaches may refer students for counseling, tutoring, the studio for writing and speaking, or any of the other support services on campus or in the community.

We also have coaches who specialize in coaching students with Learning Disabilities and ADD. Coaching strategies are the same as mentioned above, and also include coaching in self advocacy, and how to utilize and understand accommodations for school and future employment.

 

PACC is designed for students who want to achieve their academic and life goals, structure ways to increase motivation, improve academic performance, create good study habits, and design effective communication skills. Each coaching session is intended to help students clarify their goals and problem solve how to reach them. Coaches provide support and feedback in order to assist students in designing individual steps to achieve their goals. The goals of coaching are set by the student and may be accomplished in one or more visits. Some students may be required to participate in the PACC as part of their academic sanctions. There is no additional fee for PACC.

Former students in PACC have asked for help with:

  • Organization skills  
  • Effective and consistent use of an academic planner  
  • Time management
  • Test anxiety 
  • Study skills 
  • Knowledge of personal learning style  
  • Balance between academic and social life  
  • Critical thinking  
 

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