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To piggy-back on this very helpful discussion, do any of you offer a for-credit academic skills course that is required for a broader population of students (conditional accepts, new athletes with lower high school GPAs, students on probation, and students wanting to opt in)? I’m proposing such a course at my institution and am looking for similar retention data.

 

We are a small 4-year college so I’m trying to accommodate various populations of students where we see needs.

 

Thank you!

 

Erin

Erin Gordon, MA

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I have been gathering research data on our program/course. Students enrolled in the 1-credit graded class have about a 70% rate of getting off of probation (2.0 cum) after the semester. I also have data showing the students on probation tend to be lowest in skill areas of emotional intelligence (measured by LASSI). The lowest areas also tend to be the highest areas of growth.

 

Gina

Gina Burkart, MA, Ed.D., BVM associate

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Hello,

Our philosophy is that it allows students to take a course focused on their own personal success the opportunity to earn a credit of A or B to help boost their GPA.  Those students who attend and invest in the course usually go on to succeed in subsequent semesters.  While some don’t make it, the ones that sincerely want to succeed appreciate the credit and GPA help.

Jenny Briney

MacMurray College

 

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I very much appreciate this conversation and am interested in investigating further. The following question has been raised on my campus: Have any of you gathered information from retention literature, or otherwise have support, that adding credit requirements are beneficial to students who are already struggling?

 

Paula Atkins, S.S.P., M.S., L.P.C.

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Thanks so much, Emily, for recommending out book.  I wanted to recommend it, but I didn’t want to seem like I was “self-promoting”.  But since it has been suggested by you, I’d like to add a few more details.  J

 

I have been told that students really like it because it isn’t preachy and doesn’t suggest things that they should already know about.  And it is very motivational because we put in tons of examples of real students who were failing but turned it around quickly and dramatically by using the strategies in the book.    It’s based on teaching students about metacognition and about how they can control their learning outcomes.  The foreword was written by Mark McDaniel, author of Make it Stick.

 

There is a discount for volume, starting with as few as 5 copies.   I’ve attached a flier with more info about the student book and the book we wrote for faculty, Teach Students How to Learn (which several schools use for tutor training). There’s a code for a 20% off discount.  Please feel free to email me off list if you have questions. 

 

Have a great weekend!
Saundra

 

Saundra McGuire, Ph.D. 

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Hi Jenny,

 

I don’t blame you for looking for something else! I’d looked at On Course and thought it was expensive and made everything more complicated than it needs to be.

 

I would recommend Saundra McGuire’s Teach Yourself How to Learn. It’s inexpensive, brief, and written in a pleasant, casual style. It’s research based and spends a lot of time on things students haven’t already heard (and ignored) a dozen times. It may not be as comprehensive as On Course, but I think students would get more out of it.

 

Hope this helps,

Emily

 

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Hello All,

 

We run a one-credit study skills course for students on first-time probation (only for freshmen and sophomores).  I am looking for a new text that might fit this.  We previously used On Course but are looking for something different.

 

Thanks!

 

Jenny Briney, M.A.

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MacMurray College

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