Freshmen success courses which emphasize personal growth, self-awareness, academic strategies and solid job-related activities and exercises do help students succeed in college, career, and life. Bruce Tuckman’s research at Ohio State University corroborates much of the research from the National Resource Center on the First Year Experience (FYE), the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE) and the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).
But success-readiness doesn’t stop with one class. Prospective freshmen need to plan internships to discover careers and fields which interest them, join organizations on their campus or within their communities which can build their leadership skills, and reach out to establish rapport with people in fields and careers they might want to pursue. A freshmen success class, whether in the summer or fall of their first year of college, is just the beginning of the initiative needed for the challenges and rewards of today’s global world.
Chronicles of Higher Education
By David Glenn
A learning and motivation course at Ohio State University appears to have succeeded in improving students’ grades and retention rates, according to a study scheduled to be presented today at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego.
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