ERIC Number: ED296619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Gaining Faculty and Administrative Support for Student Success Courses. Second Edition.
David, Larry M.
A guide to implement, expand, or improve an extended college orientation course on campus is presented. Student success courses and extended orientation programs help students learn to be more effective in school and improve student performance and retention. These courses are sometimes designed for honors students, returning adults, athletes, undeclared majors, majors by discipline, or all entering freshmen. They do not include remedial and study skills courses. Course content generally includes academic skills, life management skills, and information pertinent to the school and community. Specific topics may include library skills, college-level reading, test-taking, creativity, wellness, institutional policy, and career planning. Potential benefits for students are identified, along with strategies for beginning or reinforcing a student success course and ways that faculty and administrators can help the course succeed. The following elements of an effective course framework are considered: the course should be credit-bearing, mandatory, and presented over time; it should contain 30 or more contact hours; and it should be well-scheduled, facilitated by top instructors, and advertised to students. Advice on what to do when people do not support the proposed changes is offered, and studies are described that provide support for the extended orientation approach. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, College Students, Higher Education, Minicourses, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Seminars, Skill Development, Student Adjustment, Student Development, Success, Teacher Participation
College Survival, Inc., 2650 Jackson Boulevard, Rapid City, SD 57702-3474 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Survival, Inc., Rapid City, SD.