The program provides one-on-one and group tutorial services in a wide variety of 100 and 200, and to a lesser degree, 300 level courses for approximately 75 students during each semester. Undergraduate and graduate students are recruited to serve as SSS peer tutors through contacts with chairpersons and instructors in various academic departments, academic advising offices in each college, the University Volunteer Office, and Directors of each residence hall.
Individualized requests for tutorial services are submitted to the tutor coordinator, tutor/ student match sessions are conducted, and contractual agreements are forged between tutors and students. Students are generally allowed two hours of tutoring per week with additional tutoring hours afforded upon request.
Special Instructional Support Courses
Institutional data reveal that several entry-level courses serve as academic progression bottlenecks and have below average passing rates. Math and chemistry are among the most difficult courses at the institution and are the core courses of stem disciplines. SSS will offer a smaller class size (25 seats maximum), in special emphasis course sections in Math 123, 125 and Chemistry 120 and 130, and gateway courses in a number of popular majors. These courses are essential prerequisites for progression in highly competitive majors (business, engineering, computer science, pre-med).
SSS’s instructional support courses have increased meeting times, and require students to meet for a mid-term progress report with the Instructor and the SSS Course Liaison. Instructors are selected because of their desire to work with students who have academic needs and their understanding of learning challenges.
Peer and Professional Cultural Mentoring
Combining two intrusive strategies of mentoring and cultural events, the project will offer six cultural evening outings per semester to all SSS participants. Selected faculty, staff, and tutors serve as mentors and participants are paired up to attend each event strategy. The subcomponent focuses on theater events, cultural attractions dance, and music programming as its vehicle to expose students culturally and to promote mentoring. The Peer and Professional Cultural events allow SSS students exposure to events with the anticipated social and emotional come of; assisted maturation of proper social etiquette.
Strategies for Academic Success Workshop Series
The project will offer a series of workshops designed to rekindle and enhance participants’ knowledge and skills of study skills, habits, and attitudes. Seven two-hour interactive workshops are offered each semester featuring exercises in the master student philosophy; goal setting; time management; teaching, thinking, and learning; library systems and services; learning styles; memory and left brain/right brain functions; the relationship between food, health, and learning; speed reading; note taking; negotiating with faculty; and test taking strategies. All workshop participant students are required to complete a post-workshop questionnaire, detailing their learned experience from the workshop.
Financial Aid Assistance Workshops/Advice
The SSS counselor is responsible for monitoring each student’s need vs. award differential, and documents such as the student’s record. The SSS office conducts six annual workshops in January and February in conjunction with the Financial Aid Office for all SSS students who are currently enrolled. The workshop focuses on the completion of FAFSA and other electronic financial aid databases.
Undergraduate Research and Graduate School Preparation Initiative
Enrollment into graduate school is a highly prized program objective supported with institutional commitments, resources, and experiences. The program recognized the need for students to become knowledgeable about the graduate school process and will offer the following services designed to facilitate graduate enrollment: graduate school applications process, a GRE prep course, writing the personal statement seminar, and graduate school visitation days, Council of Graduate Schools identified visitation institutions.
The Program will also offer students opportunities to engage in research with faculty during the academic year, including a summer research institute.
During the summer, the institute will provide 15 participants with the opportunity to undertake a six-week faculty-supervised comprehensive research project that will include a literature review, a development of a research question, and written and oral analyses of the research.
Pell Grant Supplement Grant In Aid
Sixty to seventy program participants are provided Pell Grant supplement awards ranging from $600 to $1,200 annually. Eligible participants must express interest in the award, demonstrate knowledge of federal TRiO programs, and complete a minimum number of program activities. Awards are distributed at the end of the semester.
A series of two-hour seminars that focus on students’ needs to be actively involved in their own financial stability, enhance their knowledge of financial matters, and establish their fiscal responsibility, including interactive exercises: the cost of going to college, searching for financial aid, credit card debt, evaluating financial goals, the steps to financial success, the benefits and burdens of major purchases (automobile, home), and the budgeting process as part of the planning process.
Beside the two-hour face-to-face seminars, the students who are unable to take any of the seminars can take the online financial literacy modules to learn the financial management knowledge, in order to enhance their understanding on financial matters.
A computer lab, with 10 computers and a printer, is provided for students for working on class assignments, internet content search, Blackboard search, printing, software utilization, printing, and other affairs associated with learning) Pre-GRE test, TRiO quiz, workshops about software utilization).
The EAP staff is available to assist students as needed. We have developed liaison services with other offices. Referrals to campus resources including diagnostic testing for learning disabilities, academic counseling, basic skills, financial aid advice, and assessment inventories are among other services provided.
EAP provides a GRE preparation course for interested students seeking admission to graduate school. Please complete the link for more information. https://goo.gl/forms/tqHVBqJZSrdommTm2
EAP provides a research opportunities for students seeking to add research experience to their portfolios.