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Jennifer

We have been doing learning communities for about five years for our very low scoring students. This last fall we had 24 communities (just under 600 students)  for them and about four others that paired things like IRW and History.

*         Our very low scoring students are placed in a reading, writing and student success course. They enroll in 9 hours but we have them for 12 contact hours/week. At first we allowed them to take math but found that too much for them.

*         They all have a mentor, a faculty advisor and a case manager.

*         We connect them deliberately to a career or transfer field after they take a career assessment. They get to experience what that program is like and talk with both students and faculty.

*          We have other activities as well such as tours of specific programs, allied health fields take trips to the medical center, tech deans especially like visiting the classes for recruitment purposes. We have career fairs, speed networking, etiquette classes, and mock interview sessions. We even had a conference for them last fall. We asked Leonard Geddes to be their keynote and they had breakout sessions on soft skills. We asked them to dress professionally and a lot showed up on a Friday.

*         We have increased their success rates dramatically and set them on pathways to careers.

How can we expect students to find their way if they are not provided a road map?



Rebecca Goosen

San Jacinto College

Houston TX



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Greetings :)



We are looking into a learning community for our developmental education students.  Are any of you currently doing this?  We are a small (less than 3000) co-ed teaching university.

We already have in place SI, a Writing Center, a Math Lab, and tutors.  Mississippi's IHL requires year-long academic support for students with 2+ low ACT subscores.



Side note- I apologize for not responding to two of you who contacted me about the videos regarding time management. I was away from work for NADE, then was out of work two days when I returned because of a nasty sinus infection, and then we had Good Friday off.  I am looking up those things to get back to you.  I am sorry about the delay!

Thanks,

Jenny Box



Student Success Specialist

Summer Developmental Director

Mississippi University for Women<http://www.muw.edu/> Student Success Center<http://www.muw.edu/ssc>

1100 College Street, MUW -1633

Reneau 102A

Columbus, MS  39705

Phone: 662 329 7138

Fax: 662 241 6035

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