• What To Do When Your Summer Orientation and Bridge Programs are Disrupted by COVID-19

    by Andrea Brenner and Lara Schwartz   Amid COVID-19 closures and delays, college administrators and student-facing staff are turning their attention toward transitioning to virtual orientations and summer bridge ...
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  • ACES Self-Assessment for College Success

    ACES (Academic and Career Excellence System) is an online self-assessment developed to measure strengths in 12 critical areas, both cognitive and non-cognitive. Students take ACES at the beginning and end of their col...
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  • Intro to ACES Self-Assessment

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  • Did you attend FYE 2020?

    What did you think? Were you able to attend one of our events or stop by our booth in the Exhibitor Hall? Did you find inspiration and tools to take back with you to your classrooms? Share your experience with us here!
    Melanie McFadyen
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  • A Guide for Students on "How to College"

    by Andrea Brenner and Lara Schwartz   The transition from high school—and life at home—to college can be stressful for students and their families, and nothing in the college admissions process prepar...
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  • Tech Tuesday: ACES Wrap Up

    The semester is almost over, and it’s time to start wrapping up your college success course. Which means that now is the perfect time for your students to complete the ACES Progress Report found in most of our L...
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  • How to Create Passion around Study Skills

    “I am passionate about study skills, and I bet you’re wondering how that’s possible…”   I always start my classes this way and most students either laugh out loud or look at me in...
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  • Class Activity: Reflections on Study Skills

    Goal: Have your students practice writing and self-reflection while critically thinking about their study skills and how they could be improved.   Directions: Ask students to answer one or more of the follow...
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  • When Homework Isn't Working

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  • John Gardner and Betsy Barefoot

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  • Class Activity: College Expectations

    Goal: Get students to start thinking about the expectations that college instructors will have for them.   Activity:   1. Break students into groups and ask them to review the list of statements belo...
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  • Tech Tuesday: Get Ready for Fall with ACES Updates

    The ACES that you know and love got some amazing updates last week to make it more user friendly and more useful for both your course and your institution. Now available in the LaunchPads for Connections, 1st and 2nd ...
    Heather Halter
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  • Professional Networking in First-Year Seminars (FYS)

    I have fond, giggle-filled memories of sputtering out the last lines of cumulative children’s songs in a single breath. A familiar example of such a song is There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, but my abso...
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  • Wade Leuwerke

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  • Paul Gore

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  • Tech Tuesday: Teaching with Tech in the College Success Course

    As a Learning Solutions Specialist at Macmillan, it’s my job to help instructors get their LaunchPad courses set up, offer advice on which activities to assign, and make sure they’re comfortable using the ...
    Heather Halter
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  • Class Activity: Informational Interview

    Goal: Familiarize your students with the concept of conducting informational interviews, and help them bolster their confidence and ability to conduct these interviews on their own.   Directions:  Ask...
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  • Meet the Author: Matt Sanders

    Matthew L. Sanders is an Associate Professor of communication studies and an Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Science at Utah State University. He holds a Ph.D. in communication from the Universi...
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  • Tech Tuesday: Your College Experience Online

    John Gardner and Betsy Barefoot were some of the early innovators of the college success course. In keeping with that theme, the LaunchPad which accompanies the 13th edition of their text, Your College Experience, we ...
    Heather Halter
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  • Tech Tuesday: ACES, from the beginning

    ACES, the Academic Career Excellent System, is the flagship feature of our College Success list. Though it is a student inventory, it also has benefits for instructors. As the Learning Solutions Specialist for College...
    Heather Halter
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