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This session will describe the challenges that students who are underprepared confront in their quest to move in, move through, and move on successfully from college. It will examine issues of under-preparedness and how being “underprepared” is often the result of multiple factors, such as being first-generation, from a low socio-economic background, and being undecided. It will also consider how students‘ being underprepared combines with institutional characteristics to influence student engagement, learning, and persistence. While understanding student qualities and characteristics that place them at risk for not succeeding in college is essential, it is equally important to define the individual and collective roles and responsibilities that institutions and individuals play to create campus environments wherein students are more likely to achieve their goals.
The session will identify the emotional, cognitive, and behavior barriers that hinder student learning, engagement, and success. Finally, it will offer the 0-100% Teaching, Learning, and Advising method as a strategy that can enable educators and students to share the responsibility for learning and student development in college.
In addition to being provided with a wide range of information regarding factors contributing to students being underprepared for college, participants will be provided with strategies that will allow them to:
Thomas Brown is a lifelong student and academic affairs educator with an impressive record of effectiveness in creating academic and student affairs programs that promote increased learning, achievement, and success. Tom served as Dean of Advising Services/Special Program at Saint Mary’s College of California, was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the National Academic Advising Association, and was chairperson of the Prelaw Advisors National Council. Tom is currently Managing Principal of a consulting network that assists campuses to increase student success, build inclusive communities, and manage change ( www.tbrownassociates.com). He also writes an occasional column, The Advising Dean, for The St. Helena Star newspaper in California’s Napa Valley ( http://napavalleyregister.com/star/).
His work is based on an integration of theories, research findings, and practical experience that makes a real difference for individuals and institutions.
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