COLLEGE STRONG helps students identify, create, and achieve educational goals. Getting a head start is a great way to begin any semester, and this course prepares students to plan accordingly, and be prepared at every turn. Sometimes, unexpected glitches catch students by surprise, but COLLEGE STRONG helps students handle challenges with a calm approach, knowing that their confidence and perseverance will serve them well.
COLLEGE STRONG helps students recognize the importance of time and proper scheduling. A student enrolled in twelve or more credit hours should treat the college experience as if it were a full-time job. This course will teach students to establish a work/life balance by prioritizing tasks; setting boundaries; using available resources; and staying physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.
COLLEGE STRONG encourages completion. Whether a student is working on a certificate, an associate's degree, or a bachelor's degree, COLLEGE STRONG supports the completion of any program of study. Our students make the "commitment to completion" to themselves at the beginning of their collegiate journeys in effort to remain on track until they have earned their diplomas.
Earning a college degree requires a great deal of time, money, and effort. Protect your investment by learning the language and culture of higher education; knowing how to read, take notes, and study well; managing your time, yourself, and your emotions; and becoming a conscientious, successful student.
"Because I never really tried in high school, my study skills were weak. For me, my senior year really didn't matter much, but being in college is different. I was scared of flunking out my first semester. With COLLEGE STRONG, I realized that my success in school required that I put all the pieces together. This course improved my life immensely. I know I'll make it now."
"The most important thing I learned from working through the material in COLLEGE STRONG is that my success depends on ME. I, and no one else, am responsible for my learning. "
Congratulations on making the decision to further your education! As you know now or will soon learn, attending a college or university requires a great deal of time, effort, and money, and I want to help you make the best possible use of all three of those resources, as well as others.
My name is Marti Miles-Rosenfield (just call me Marti), and I am your instructor for this course. I am also a mother, writer, speaker, content-creator, and college professor. After spending thirty-three years in the collegiate classroom instructing courses such as English Composition, Developmental Writing, and College Survival/College Success, I recently left my full-time collegiate teaching position to develop College Strong. You may ask why I would make such a change. WHY? I will tell you as succinctly as I can. The first reason remains the most important.
* I care deeply for young people who are trying to understand and build their lives, and I've always felt "called" to help students succeed.
* Students arrive the first week of college less prepared now than I have seen in the past. According to a U.S. News and World Report article dated April 27, 2016, only about a third of U.S. high school seniors are prepared for college-level coursework in math and reading. Just 37% are college ready, but statistics from NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) show that 70% enroll in college courses the fall following graduation.
* Over 30% of college freshmen do not return to campus for their sophomore year. Although some of these students may transfer to other colleges, losing 1/3 of a class proves that college prep is more important now than ever before.
* Not all high schools prepare students properly to succeed in college. In theory, all high schools should be "college preparatory," but so often, only elite boarding schools, urban magnets and charter schools, and a few highly academic public high schools actually graduate a high percentage of college ready seniors.
* Not all high schools (school districts) may be viewed as equal, leading to problems of equity for students. https://www.thinkingmaps.com/e
* Educational inequities lead to unjust outcomes. A first generation college student may not (probably will not) have the same type of support as a college student whose family is filled with college graduates. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/11/10/who-are-first-generation-students-and-how-do-they-fare
* Massive student loan default prompted many changes in funding, curriculum, and initial opportunities for those students needing loans to pursue a degree. While organizations such as Complete College America have seemingly worked to make positive changes in higher education, many of their initiatives such as "15 to finish" and the elimination of stand alone developmental courses overlook the basic needs of under funded and underprepared students.
* A rapid increase in student anxiety and depression urges me to help students learn to manage these often debilitating conditions.
* So many other reasons, but mostly, I have created College Strong because I care deeply for students committed to gaining more knowledge and workplace skills. I have first hand experience in dealing with both prepared and underprepared students.
* I want to share my knowledge with students determined to earn their degrees. Join me here on your path to success.CALL TO ACTION