Helping Underprepared Students Succeed: How to Influence Student Engagement, Learning & Persistence


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Helping Underprepared Students Succeed: How to Influence Student Engagement, Learning & Persistence


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:

  • Understand the characteristics, challenges, and strengths of students who are academically, socially, or psychologically underprepared for college-level work
  • Develop and utilize appropriate individual and programmatic interventions based on theory and effective practices that can transform underprepared students into “High Potential” students
  • Assist faculty, staff and students to shift attributions from ability to background as a critical element in student success
  • Assist students to shift from being ego involved to becoming task involved
  • Assist students and faculty to employ the 0-100% Teaching and Advising Method as a means for promoting greater student responsibility for learning

Who Should Attend?

  • Instructional faculty
  • Academic Advisors
  • Coaches
  • Counselors
  • Administrators
  • Resident hall staff
  • Any educators working to support student engagement, learning, and success beyond the classroom