ERIC Number: ED373853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun-9
Reference Count: N/A
Student Success Programs at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
The Master Student course was introduced at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology to improve student retention; provide individuals with skills to become successful students; and to graduate students with technical, critical thinking, and effective communication skills. The course provides a point of entry into the institution in the areas of academic study skills, career transferable skills, and campus/community resources. The course also addresses critical academic, personal management, and teamwork skills outlined by the Canadian Corporate Council on Education. The philosophy behind the Master Student course is based on three essential elements: no secrets, no victims, and no solos. No secrets suggests there are no tricks to academic success, just common sense approaches applied. No victims encourages self-responsibility by moving students from a victim mode to one of empowerment. No solos refers to the emphasis in the course on building a cooperative and supportive atmosphere. The textbook used in the course comes from College Survival, a company which services more than 1700 colleges in Canada and the United States and includes two student supplements on critical thinking and career planning, as well as a teacher's manual. The course has been offered with the college's Pre-Technology Program since 1986, and some seven other programs or divisions. Although no official studies have been conducted to determine the effect of the Master Student program on retention, student and instructor comments have been positive. Included in the appendix is a list of the components of the Canadian student success network. (KP)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Communication Skills, Community Colleges, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, School Holding Power, Skill Development, Student Responsibility, Study Skills, Technology Education, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 6-9, 1993).