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Recorded on: November 19, 2015 (75-90 minutes)
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A wide variety of mediating factors contribute to a student's academic success and achievement during the first year of college. Research suggests that there are patterned variables that influence success, whereas practitioners argue that academic success for students is highly idiosyncratic and individualized. Colleges and Universities are challenged then to design support programs with best practices that not only reflect research in higher education, but also to provide services that are attentive to individual needs.
This session examines Bryant University's innovative approach to supporting students during their first year and beyond. The University has designed a support system intentionally integrating three functional areas of the institution: Advising, The First-Year Experience, and Learning Assistance. The design of the support system lays the "foundation" for academic success and retention during the first year through graduation. The purpose of the presentation is to provide attendees with the information and tools to create a similar integrated model at their institutions. Participants will be provided with a packet including curriculum materials from the First-Year Experience course, and practical advice will be offered for implementation ideas. Successes and challenges will be explored.
At Bryant University, Laurie L. Hazard, Ed.D. is responsible for the administration and development of programs and curricula aimed at student success and retention. She is the Assistant Dean for Student Success and the curriculum coordinator for Bryant's First-Year Gateway Experience as well as their English as A Second Language Program. She coordinates the activities of the Center for Teaching and Learning and she teaches in the Applied Psychology Department. Laurie is an award-winning educator who was selected by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition as a top ten Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate. She also received the Learning Assistance Association of New England’s Outstanding Research and Publication Award in 2006 and the Learning Assistance Association of New England: Outstanding Service to Developmental Students Award in October of 2010. Most recently, Laurie received the CRLA Northeast, Outstanding Service to the Field of Developmental Education Award in March 2013.
Laurie has been designing curricula for FYE and study skills courses for more than twenty-five years. She served on the New England Peer Tutor Association Board from 1997-2007 and has been a Guest Editorial Board member for the
Learning Assistance Review. Her research focuses on the personality traits and habits of students that influence academic achievement. She has done extensive work assessing the effectiveness of learning assistance programs and FYE courses. Publications by Laurie and her co-author include: Exploring the Evidence, Volume III: Reporting Outcomes of First-Year Seminars, a monograph published by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and “What Does It Mean to be ‘College-Ready’?”, an article which appears in Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education. The third edition of her student success text Foundations for Learning: Claiming Your Education was published in 2012.
Laurie has collaborated with Innovative Educators in Colorado to design, develop, and deliver webinars and interactive videos designed to enhance success and retention initiatives on college campuses nationwide. Her work in student success has also received national media attention. Her interviews include: “Prepare college-bound kids for hard work ahead, which appeared in the
Chicago Tribune in 2007 and “Study Tips for College Students” in Seventeen Magazine in 2008. In March of 2010, Laurie was interviewed by Associated Press columnist, Beth Harpaz, for her article “Colleges Don’t Like Senior Slump in High School.” Laurie has been a Guest Columnist for the Washington Post Answer Sheet (2011, August 22): Why parents should leave their kids alone at college and How to help your child adapt to college life 2010, September 2). Laurie was also interviewed by the New Jersey Star Ledger: The Other Freshman 15: pitfalls for first-year collegians (2013, July 30). Finally, her most recent paper was published in the Proceedings of the 10th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention (November 2014).
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