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ERIC Number: EJ1079364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Social, Emotional, and Affective Skills for College and Career Success
Savitz-Romer, Mandy; Rowan-Kenyon, Heather T.; Fancsali, Cheri
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v47 n5 p18-26 2015
Students enrolled in the My Wildcat Track program at the University of Arizona are receiving a novel type of support to help them get and stay off academic probation: social and affective skill building. These students, who are referred to the program by their advisors, have one-on-one meetings with professional learning specialists and attend workshops designed to foster their academic self-efficacy, teach metacognition, and identify transferable cognitive strategies. Named a "promising and practical strategy to increase post-secondary success" by the US Department of Education, this skill-building program is a far cry from the day when probation meant students had to figure out how to improve their grades on their own, through visits to tutoring centers or professors. By also implementing a professional development program aimed at arming learning specialists with knowledge of student-development theory and skills in coaching and counseling, the University of Arizona is taking an important step towards ensuring that students will benefit from developmental supports. This article presents some findings from a larger research study, funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, of how colleges and universities, as well as employers, are using non-cognitive skill building to promote college and career success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona
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