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A group of first-year students smile for a photo on Wear Blue Day at Seton Hall University.

Program Innovation: Rethinking the First-Year Seminar

One university evolves its courses for incoming students, pulling from learner feedback, faculty insights and national trends to equip and retain students.

Leaders from the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College unite a red ribbon with a blue ribbon, joining at a red and blue bow.

Positive Partnership: College and University Share Campus, Strengthen Transfer Pipeline

Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah jointly manage a building on SLCC’s Herriman Campus and will enroll students for associate and bachelor’s programs at the one facility.

LEP students are recognized at a ceremony in spring 2022.

Leveling the Playing Field for Pell-Eligible Students

A scholarship program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for Pell-eligible students receives additional financial and services, modeling supports in place for student athletes.

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All in A Day’s Work: Give Your “3 Cents” Worth

To support online learners, a former professor at Walden University provided brief essays expanding on instructional topics to demonstrate real-world application and counter common wisdom.

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Success Program Launch: Promoting Belonging in Econ, Business

To boost retention and persistence among minority business and economics students, the University of California San Diego launched a peer mentoring program, among other support services. The first year benefited 20 mentees.

The Academic Learning Center building on Kennesaw State's campus on a sunny clear day.

New on the Job: Hung-Tao (Michael) Chen, Kennesaw State University

The inaugural associate dean for student success and engagement for Kennesaw’s Norman J. Radow college of humanities and social sciences shares his background, values and goals for his role.

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Academic Success Tip: Add Syllabus Reading Assignments

Teaching students to read, reference and remember a course syllabus can be a challenge for many professors. Here are three strategies to encourage students to engage with their syllabus.

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Rethinking Responding to Student Writing 

New book argues that students respond more effectively to peers’ writing than professors do and that they’re skilled at self-assessment, too. Still, professors can lay the groundwork for this feedback through scripts and other scaffolding.