Advising

Each student who enters the program will be advised by the Program Director, who will serve as students' primary academic advisor for their entire first year. The Program Director will begin to build her relationship with students during the summer by meeting with them at Connection Days, creating their first semester schedule, and sending them a goals survey that will become the platform for the first advising session held in September. During the academic year, students' relationships with their advisor will be anchored by required weekly appointments, weekly contact in First Year Seminar (FYS) during the first semester, and regular contact through drop-in sessions throughout the year. Students' academic progress will be closely monitored throughout the year through formal academic alerts, mid-semester progress reports, and informal contact with program faculty. The Director works closely with the Learning Center to ensure that students will have the academic support they need.

COL 110: First Year Seminar

First Year Seminar is a key component of the program's overall advising model. The Program Director will teach her advisees in the seminar.  The course emphasizes self-reflection, self-assessment, and academic self-concept, and will create the foundation for much of the work students will do individually with their advisor. Students also work on time management, understanding and avoiding procrastination, goal setting, and planning.

First-Semester Learning Community

In their first semester, students in the program will take COM 100: Fundamentals of Communication and THE 105: Foundations of Theology; these courses will be linked together to form a learning community.  Linking the reading intensive THE 105 course with the basic writing course of COM 100 will provide students with a full semester aimed at strengthening their reading and writing skills. The assignments for each course will be coordinated to require more time on task and reinforce skill development. In addition, mandatory tutoring will be integrated into the learning experience.  The First Year Seminar will also be a part of this learning community. 

COL 190: Success 360

This course will focus on two elements of a successful life: self-awareness and personal development.  Course topics will include self-determination, self-appraisal, and self-esteem, creating conditions for academic success, money management basics, health and well-being, coping with challenge, communication and self-presentation, community membership, career development, and leadership. The course will meet twice a week and will be offered as a service learning course. Students will earn an elective credit for the course, and an additional credit for completing the service learning component, as well as complete 10 of 40 hours of service required for graduation.

Peer Mentoring

Upper-class students who have successfully completed the program and continue to excel in their studies will serve as peer mentors. A peer mentor will be selected and assigned to First Year Seminar, attend class, hold "office hours" outside of class, and maintain contact with students.

Spring Academic Recovery Seminar

Those students who earn below a 1.75 GPA during their first semester are required to take a probation seminar in the second semester. Academic Recovery Seminar is a semester long, one hour weekly seminar in which students focus on goal setting, accountability, self-assessment and reflection, and academic skills. In addition to group meetings, students meet individually with the instructor outside of class to discuss in detail how the areas worked on in the group meetings contribute to their academic recovery.

Contact Information

Wanda Copeland
Freshman Foundations
Program Director

Center for Student Success
Phone: 610.796.8437
wanda.copeland@alvernia.edu