Building A Model Of Student Success Based On Students Strengths
The literature tells us why certain students or groups of students are vulnerable to failure and will probably not complete college once they enroll. The most commonly cited factors include poor academic preparation, lack of financial support, misconceptions about college, and inadequate support networks. These are well documented, and we design programs to address them.
What we frequently don't take into consideration are those attributes that contribute to the success of students who experience significant challenges yet are able to overcome them. What makes these students distinctive? How can we build a model of student success that will lead us to implement strategies that are developed from students strengths rather than weaknesses? These questions led us to seek out students who struggled but succeeded and ask them directly what had the most impact on their success. We listened to their voices and analyzed the patterns that emerged.
This session highlights some of the student voices we heard and presents a model based on their responses with an emphasis on principles for practice to enhance student success.
- Discover patterns of responses from students who have overcome significant challenges to be successful
- Learn about a model of student success based on student voices
- Develop a plan to implement strategies for practice
- Identify opportunities for conducting student success research
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
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- Student Services/Affairs
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- Retention Specialist
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- Financial Aid Directors & Staff
"What we frequently don't take into consideration are those attributes that contribute to the success of students who experience significant challenges yet are able to overcome them. What makes these students distinctive?"
Dr. Martha Casazza is a partner in the educational consulting firm of TRPP Associates. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Adler School of Professional Psychology and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at National-Louis University. She has served as President of the National College Learning Center Association, President of the National Association for Developmental Education, and Co-Editor of the Learning Assistance Review. She was President of the Illinois Network of Women in Higher Education, an affiliate of ACE and is a regular peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
She currently serves on the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Developmental Education and the Journal of the College Reading and Learning Association. Dr. Casazza is on the Board for Heartland Alliance for Human Rights and also chairs the Board for the Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy, an alternative charter high school. Dr. Casazza was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to South Africa and was an invited scholar to the Kazakhstan-British Technical University in Kazakhstan. She received the Hunter R. Boylan Outstanding Research/Publication Award, is a Founding Fellow of the Council of Learning Assistance and Development Education Associations (CLADEA) and was named a Certification Trailblazer by the National Association for Developmental Education.
Dr. Casazza has published numerous articles and co-authored two books with Dr. Sharon Silverman: Learning Assistance and Developmental Education: A Guide for Effective Practice (1996), Jossey-Bass which is listed as "essential professional reading" on the CLADEA website, and Learning and Development (2000), Jossey-Bass. She also co-authored Access, Opportunity and Success: Keeping the Promise of Higher Education which was published in 2006 by Praeger. Her most recent publication is Dreaming Forward: Latino Voices Enhance the Mosaic (2014).
Dr. Sharon Silverman is a partner in the consulting firm of TRPP Associates. She is an educator and independent scholar with degrees in learning disabilities and educational psychology. She is the founder and former director of the Learning Assistance Center at Loyola University Chicago where she developed LEAP, an award winning student access and retention program and a learning center at the Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Silverman served on the Board of St. Augustine College in Chicago, the first bilingual institution of higher education in Illinois and is currently a Trustee on the Board of Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago.
At Columbia College Chicago, Silverman helped develop The Learning Studio, an academic support center for students. At Harry S Truman College in Chicago, she worked with faculty and staff to develop a robust tutoring and tutor training program. Dr. Silverman also helped The Adler School of Psychology develop a Center for Learning and Teaching. She continues to be a mentor/reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
Internationally, Dr. Silverman was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and subsequently received a Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award for a project, "Sharing Cultures" connecting students and teachers in a virtual learning community at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Columbia College Chicago. Other awards include a Rotary University Scholar Grant to continue her work in South Africa and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award at Suleyman Demeril University in Kazakhstan. She was an invited keynote speaker at the International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace Research in Cyprus and an invited scholar at Kazakhstan-British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. As a co-founder of Crossing the Border, a not for profit organization that builds capacity in education and mental health, she co- presented a program on counseling competency and supervision in Cyprus and in Malaysia.
Dr. Silverman along with Dr. Martha Casazza co-authored the following publications: Learning Assistance and Developmental Education (Jossey-Bass, 1996) and Learning and Development: Making Connections to Enhance Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2000), and Partners for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (iUniverse, 2005).
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