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 Director of the Academic Center for Excellence, the Curriculum Coordinator for their First-Year Experience and English as A Second Language Programs, and 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 and in November of 2010, theLearning Assistance Association of New England’s Outstanding Service to Developmental Students Award. This award recognizes a developmental educator who has been a role model in the field of developmental education and who has made a significant impact on the lives of students.
Laurie has been designing curricula for FYE and study skills courses for more than twenty 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 own 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 will be released in February, 2011.
Laurie’s work in the area of student success has received national media attention. Her interviews include: “Prepare college-bound kids for hard work ahead, which appeared in the Chicago Tribune in 2007 andSeventeen Magazine in 2008. In March, 2010, Laurie was interviewed by Associated Press columnist, Beth Harpaz, for her article “Colleges Don’t Like Senior Slump in High School.” Most recently, in September, Laurie was guest columnist for the “Study Tips for College Students” in Washington Post Answer Sheet: How To Help Your Child Adapt To College Life.