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Student Success Center Early Alert & Intervention Initiatives

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The Student Success Center sponsors several initiatives that include:

The First-Year Seminar
CU Connect: Mentoring of All First-Year Students
Calling All Knights: Family Calling Initiative
Academic Recovery Courses for Freshmen & Sophomores

The First-Year Seminar
All first-year students at Clarkson take this seminar, which:
  1. introduces the mission and expectations of the learning process at Clarkson
  2. builds communication and teamwork skills
  3. provides some fundamental content relating to wellness and relationships during the college experience.

Discussion, team activities, leadership opportunities, and fall-semester interaction with upper-class peer educators form the foundation of the course.

CU Connect: Mentoring of All First-Year Students
Through CU Connect, every freshman student has the opportunity to connect in a meaningful way with a Clarkson University administrative and/or staff member. Our goal is to provide students with guidance and support early on in the semester to help them with their transition to college.

Students and staff met several times throughout the first semester and some continued contact into the second semester. Our semi-structured and flexible outline of contacts helped students feel comfortable seeking necessary information about academic and non-academic aspects of college.

Calling All Knights: Family Calling Initiative
Staff and trained student callers contact all first-year student families at the six-week point of the semester. Our goal is to hear from parents how their student is transitioning to Clarkson. Any students in distress or in need of outreach by student affairs are quickly connected, callers are also able answer any questions about upcoming family weekend activities.

Academic Recovery Courses for Freshmen & Sophomores
Each spring semester the Student Success Center offers “UNIV 100: Project Success Strategies for Academic Success,” an academic recovery course that helps freshmen and sophomores get back on track academically after a weak fall semester. This course focuses on the development and application of study skills required for college-level work, as well as the identification and minimization of barriers that impede individual student achievement.