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Hi Barbara,
We have a Freshmen Experience course that meets for 3 hours a week for 10
weeks.  It is a 2 credit course and basically provides information and
activities that help traditionally aged students make wise choices and take
control of their academic career.  This course is not mandatory, but is
strongly encouraged.

We also offer a 5 week course that meets for 3 hours a week entitled
Practical Study Skills.  This course covers note taking, study techniques,
memorization, and test preparation and anxiety.  We also do not require this
class, but most of the students who take the Freshman Experience take this
course also.

For our more mature students, we have a 3 credit course that meets for the
entire semester 3 hours a week that combines the topics of Freshman
Experience and Study Skills.  It is designed for students who are juggling
jobs, families, and school so the topics are geared to this population
rather than issues more prevalent in the younger student.  This class is not
a required class.

Along with these classes we have a Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills,
and Math Essentials that provide students with preparation for college level
work.  These classes are 5 week classes that meet for 3 hours and provide 1
credit each to the student.  We are looking at a developmental semester for
students, but administration hasn't bought into that idea as of yet.  So for
now the academic advisors and I work on nudging students into these very
important classes to help ensure academic success.

Hope this helps.   Good luck!

Luann
Luann Kida, MA, MSW
Coordinator of Student Retention and Disability Services
Morrisville State College/Norwich Campus
16 South Broad Street
Norwich, NY  13815
(607) 334-5144
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From: Barbara Dean Greif Wolfe [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 4:18 PM
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Subject: credits for study skills and critical reading courses

Hello Listers,

In our Academic Strategies Department we offer two courses, Academic =
Strategies I and Academic Strategies II.  These are required courses for =
freshmen in Hillyer College, one of the colleges at the University of =
Hartford.

The first course meets twice a week for a whole semester.  Students =
receive one credit for this course.  The focus of the course is on study =
skills such as time management, note taking from class and textbooks, =
studying from notes and texts, learning styles, test taking, University =
and library resources, and memory.=20

The second course also meets twice a week for a whole semester, and =
students receive one credit for this course as well.  The focus of the =
course is on critical thinking and reading, summarizing, synthesizing =
information from more than one source, and citation styles.

Each course has assignments completed outside of class, essays, exams, =
and grades.  Students and faculty feel that the courses should be =
two-credit courses.  Our Dean will support a move to two credits if we =
provide information regarding similar courses at four-year institutions. =


If you offer such courses, please give a short description of them, =
especially telling us the number of credits students earn. =20

Thank you!

Barbara Dean Wolfe
Reading and Academic Development Specialist
Hillyer College, University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
(860) 768-5011 (office)
(860) 768-5085 (fax)
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