Welcome to: Student Success 101 Student Success 101 Student Success 101 Concepts, Trends and Challenges of First-Year Students Presenters Keith Ratliff, Linda Dunham, Elvira Johnson Student Success Instructors Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, North Carolina
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Concepts, Trends and Challenges of First-Year Students
Keith Ratliff, Linda Dunham, Elvira Johnson
Student Success Instructors
Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, North Carolina
Admin support (promote and present)
Student involvement (attending and mentoring)All of these aspects can best come together in a First Year Orientation Course
A strong start
prepares one for
A strong finish
Set academic and personal goals.
Manage time and money.
Improve study habits.
Discover Learning Style.
Meet with advisors and counselors: Academic planning.
Attend career counseling and planning sessions.
Join a Learning Community.
Communicate with faculty.
Get involved with campus activities.Strategies for Success
to orient students to college life
to engage students in the learning process
to improve student retentionA Proven Strategy for Success:ACA 111 College Student Success
Classroom and computer lab settings
Opportunity for engagement
Active learning strategies
Use of learning styles
Student-student interaction (sense of value)
Opportunity to “get feet wet” with technology and resources
Opportunity for success
Opportunity for ownership (grades)Benefits of Orientation Course vs. Orientation Session
“Whether I fail or succeed shall be no person’s doing but my own. I am the force: I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my own destiny.”
1. Accept PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, seeing themselves as the primary cause of their outcomes and experiences.
See themselves as VICTIMS, believing that what happens to them is determined primarily by external forces such as fate, luck, and powerful others.Choices of Successful Students
2. Discover SELF-MOTIVATION, finding purpose and their lives by discovering personally meaningful goals and dreams.
2. Have difficulty in sustaining motivation, often feeling depressed, frustrated, and/or resentful about a lack of direction in their lives.Choices of Successful Students
3. Master SELF-MANAGEMENT, consistently planning and taking purposeful actions in pursuit of their goals and dreams.
3. Seldom identify specific actions needed to accomplish a desired outcome. And when they do, they tend to procrastinate.Choices of Successful Students
4. Employ INTERPENDENCE, building mutually supportive relationships that help them achieve their goals and dreams (while helping others to do the same).
4. Are solitary, seldom requesting, even rejecting offers of assistance from those who could help.Choices of Successful Students
Sow the seed. There is a season for everything. Be a seed sower.
“Speak the truth in love.”What Can You Do To Help Students Succeed?