Lewis-Clark State College
Program helps GPAs and Retention
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no secret that college students in TRIO programs often need support to
help build confidence and enable them to succeed as they begin and
continue through college or university programs. A 1998 monograph by Lana
D. Muraskin, published by the National TRIO Clearinghouse, and titled, A
Structured Freshman Year for At-Risk Students, highlights Lewis-Clark
State College's Learning Community model which boasts a retention rate of
84%, compared to 76% campus-wide students.
This statistic is more remarkable because the SSS learning communities
target "at risk" students.
learning communities of 25 members
Three 25-member "Learning
Communities," comprised of SSS students, take their four freshman
core classes together and share a fifth
three-credit Student Support Services (SSS) study skills course, for a
total of some 100 hours spent together during the freshman year. The Study
Skills class provides advising, writing skill development, study skills
linked to course content, computer and test-taking skills and other
support as needed. This model, predictably, succeeds in creating a very
strong network of peers.
In addition, LCSC's SSS program runs a
drop-in tutoring lab every weekday. The description of this program below
shows why students value it as a key support to their college success. New
directors are welcome to use this program as a template for their own.
Fall 2002 tutors include (from left) Michael
Shively, Linda Gallaher, Gay Lewis, Jerome Fox, Barbara Collier, Margie
McLaughlin, Bonita Shuey
Single mom Dawn Frost credits the drop-in lab for helping her succeed at LCSC
Want to know more?
Margie McLaughlin heads up LCSC's Tutoring
Program. To contact her...