Student Success Initiatives – Career and Academic Support Program (CASP)

A message from the Student Success Cross-Functional Committee:

The Career and Academic Support Program (CASP) was initiated in 2016.

CASP will include a cohort of 200-250 college-level freshmen not engaged in other programs. The program is a longitudinal continuation of New Student Day and will offer four student-success interventions at critical junctures of the first semester.

The program team completed creation of two student success videos: Effective Use of Library/Tutoring and Engaging Effectively with a Counselor/Advisor. Two additional student success videos (including one on financial literacy) are to be developed in Spring 2017. The videos offer increased accessibility by allowing students to participate and learn while on or off-campus. The videos are being shown this semester (spring 2017) in ENG 101 courses (10 courses with approximately 290 students). Student feedback in reference to the videos will be assessed and utilized in a feedback loop to improve video content and presentation.

To address the individual needs of students, CASP will pilot the Student Success Navigator program by ETS, Inc.  The program provides information about non-cognitive strengths and challenges such as motivation, time-management, dedication, etc. CASP will tailor specific workshops and interventions based on students’ level of non-cognitive strengths and challenges rather than assuming every student will benefit from the same programs.

A free trial of the program will be utilized the first semester and evaluated via student/faculty/staff feedback and outcomes data.

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