Deciphering BestPractices forUnderpreparedCollege StudentsChristine A. Vodicka, DirectorTutoring & Academic Success Center
The Tutoring & Academic     Success Center (TASC)• The “Tutoring Center” given new name, location, and  management in Fall...
2008: staff of     122012: staff of   125+ (not all pictured)
From empty anddull to lively and     inviting!
TASC cont’dThe staff…                       The programs…• Half undergraduate students    • Each year TASC programs  and h...
A CLOSER LOOK AT TWOTASC BEST PRACTICES:     Success Coaching            &Viking Academic Boot Camp
Meeting individual needs with:SUCCESS COACHING
What is Success Coaching?Success coaches offer individualized sessions and customizedworkshops for programs on campus. Par...
What do coaches do?• Coaches prepare personalized sessions for each of their  students (test taking, time management, stud...
Success Coaching is           catching on…                                Our Growth12010080                              ...
Who attends        Success Coaching?  Number of Success Coaching Students                                          In Spri...
Success Coaching               Intervention (SCI)•   Pilot program in Spring 2012•   Designed to help freshmen on academic...
Preliminary Findings• Students who attend  Success Coaching on  average improve their GPA  by over 1.0.• One student recen...
Hard work pays off with the…VIKING ACADEMIC BOOT CAMP
What is VABC?•   Intensive 7-week summer program•   Offered to incoming freshmen and current students that place into    d...
VABC: The Beginning       PURPOSE                          GROWTH• Designed for students          Number of students enrol...
VABC: Victory DaysEach Friday:                      Purpose:• 11:00-2:00              • Learn self-management skills,• Suc...
VABC: SuccessAverage pass rates for   VABC pass rates!developmental courses                                  Math:       M...
The Recipe  for Success• Supportive and positive faculty• Embedded support (faculty + 2 SLA Leaders per each  of 2 math co...
VABC: Testimonials “Now that                                  “They I’ve taken        “Bootcamp was the      make methis c...
Thank you.             Christine VodickaDirector, Tutoring & Academic Success Ctr.               (216) 523-7366          c...
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This presentation gives an overview of services provided by the Tutoring and Academic Success Center (TASC) at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. In particular, the Success Coaching and Viking Academic Boot Camp programs are explored in more detail.

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Deciphering Best Practices for Underprepared College Students

  1. 1. Deciphering BestPractices forUnderpreparedCollege StudentsChristine A. Vodicka, DirectorTutoring & Academic Success Center
  2. 2. The Tutoring & Academic Success Center (TASC)• The “Tutoring Center” given new name, location, and management in Fall 2008.• In the last 4 years, expanded services beyond 1:1 tutoring: • Walk-in tutoring • Writer’s Block • eTutoring • Supplemental Instruction (SI) • Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) • Viking Academic Boot Camp* • Success Coaching*
  3. 3. 2008: staff of 122012: staff of 125+ (not all pictured)
  4. 4. From empty anddull to lively and inviting!
  5. 5. TASC cont’dThe staff… The programs…• Half undergraduate students • Each year TASC programs and half graduate students. serve over 5,000 students.• Minimum GPA 3.0. Average • Students that attend SI or SLA GPA is approx. 3.5. sessions tend to score one letter grade higher than non• Tutors get certified by the participants. College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)
  6. 6. A CLOSER LOOK AT TWOTASC BEST PRACTICES: Success Coaching &Viking Academic Boot Camp
  7. 7. Meeting individual needs with:SUCCESS COACHING
  8. 8. What is Success Coaching?Success coaches offer individualized sessions and customizedworkshops for programs on campus. Participants learn about thefollowing:  Note-taking  Studying  Time management  Goal setting  Motivation  Organization  Test taking strategies  Reading comprehension  Stress/anxiety management
  9. 9. What do coaches do?• Coaches prepare personalized sessions for each of their students (test taking, time management, studying, etc.)• Coaches assist students in developing and following a “Success Action Plan.”• Throughout each session, coaches encourage student self- reflection while helping students develop metacognitive skills.• Coaches also act as a mentor to the student. Students realize they have someone to turn to.
  10. 10. Success Coaching is catching on… Our Growth12010080 Students60 Coaches4020 0 Fall 2010 Spring 2011 Fall 2011 Spring 2012
  11. 11. Who attends Success Coaching? Number of Success Coaching Students In Spring of 2012, we assisted a total of 99 undergraduates. 14% Freshmen8% Sophomores 30% male students Juniors 70% were female12% 66% Seniors
  12. 12. Success Coaching Intervention (SCI)• Pilot program in Spring 2012• Designed to help freshmen on academic probation (GPA<2.0) boost their GPA in order to be in good academic standing.• The Intervention was voluntary and included: – 3 workshops designed to help the students with preparing for the start of classes, getting refocused and reorganized at midterm time, and finals preparation – 1:1 Success Coaching (recommended six sessions minimum) – 347 first year students on academic probation after their first semester. Approximately 100 participated in the intervention.
  13. 13. Preliminary Findings• Students who attend Success Coaching on average improve their GPA by over 1.0.• One student recently on probation that participated in ongoing coaching went from 1.2 term GPA to a 3.36 term GPA in one semester!
  14. 14. Hard work pays off with the…VIKING ACADEMIC BOOT CAMP
  15. 15. What is VABC?• Intensive 7-week summer program• Offered to incoming freshmen and current students that place into developmental math and/or English• Program components: – Math and English classes – Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) – Success Coaching – Team/Community Building – “Bridge” to College Life – Accessible fees Semester Course/Textbook VABC Cost cost English $760 $100 Math $1550 $100
  16. 16. VABC: The Beginning PURPOSE GROWTH• Designed for students Number of students enrolled with multiple risk factors: 50 first generation, low 40 income, minority status 30 2009• Opportunity to pass 20 2010 2011 developmental courses 10 at reduced rate of $100! 0 Math English
  17. 17. VABC: Victory DaysEach Friday: Purpose:• 11:00-2:00 • Learn self-management skills,• Success Coaching goal setting, note-taking, studying, etc.• Team Building/ Campus • Become acclimated and Exploration engaged with the university• Guest speakers • Bond with other students and VABC staff• FREE LUNCH!
  18. 18. VABC: SuccessAverage pass rates for VABC pass rates!developmental courses Math: Math: 88% in summer 2011 41% - 53% (up from 75% in summer 2010) English: English: 100% in summer 2011 49% - 63% (up from 81% in summer 2010)
  19. 19. The Recipe for Success• Supportive and positive faculty• Embedded support (faculty + 2 SLA Leaders per each of 2 math courses and the 1 English course)• Attendance policy; students cannot miss more than two days or they lose their spot in the program• Success Coaching Workshops• Team building and campus exploration
  20. 20. VABC: Testimonials “Now that “They I’ve taken “Bootcamp was the make methis course best option & I would look at I am refer anyone to this collegeexcited for program.” in new math.” way.”
  21. 21. Thank you. Christine VodickaDirector, Tutoring & Academic Success Ctr. (216) 523-7366 c.vodicka@csuohio.edu TASC information packets are available.

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