Take Advantage of Student Success Center Services
The Student Success Center provides services and programs that are designed to enhance all undergraduate students’ academic performances and promote successful completion of their academic careers at Villa Maria College. The Student Success Center provides student-centered planning to foster personal and academic growth that leads to empowerment and transformation.
Services for First Year Students
The Student Success Center’s academic coaches provide first-year students and selected transfer students academic advisement support throughout their first year of college. Academic coaches schedule at least 5 meetings (quarter-term meeting, mid-term meeting, registration meeting) with each of their students during students’ first academic year at Villa. Using the Self-Determination Theory as a guide, our academic coaches build strong and supportive relationships with each of their students, focusing on accomplishing three goals:
- Educate first year students about academic information that is relevant to their chosen program of study.
- Assist first year students in recognizing their needs (academic and non-academic) to develop their self-advocacy skills.
- Ensure first year students know basic information about campus technology.
For first-year advisement procedures, click here.
To provide additional support to students during first year in college, Villa staff members serve as mentors. Mentors are not academic advisors or faculty. Mentors are there to help answer questions, provide social support, and guidance to develop a supportive social network on campus, and celebrate student successes! The goal is to help students feel part of the Villa community. This year, 35 of Villa’s staff and administration members volunteered to serve as mentors. The program is optional, but all students are encouraged to participate.
Villa Success Roundtable Series
The Student Success Center believes that establishing a relationship with our students is an important component of a successful college experience. Villa Success Roundtable Series, a summer bridge program, was developed to support all incoming, first year students prior to the beginning of their first fall semester. Every August, incoming students are invited to join the Villa community and attend a series of conversations where we will share advice and answer your questions about how to be an outstanding college student.
For more information on Villa’s 2018 Success Roundtable Series, click here.
Services for All Students
Our well-trained, enthusiastic, and compassionate peer and professional tutors will guide Villa’s students through their studies. We offer free and unrestricted access to individual or group tutoring for all programs and courses offered during the given semester. The goal is to foster each student’s growth throughout his or her time at Villa.
We offer tutoring in:
- Understanding concepts
- Homework assignments
- Study strategies
- Testing strategies
- Time management strategies
- Writing assignments, including:
- Developing topics
- Organizing thoughts
- Developing an effective paragraphs with support from outside sources
- Revising before paper is graded
- Editing for grammar
- Citing correctly in MLA or APA format
The Student Success Center tutoring services are certified by the National Tutoring Association.
For tutoring expectations for students, click here.
Assisted Learning Labs
The Assisted Learning Lab (ALL) program at Villa Maria College is inspired by the supplemental instruction concept, but is molded to fit the culture, climate and needs of Villa. Instead of offering basic, pre-college level courses, we are providing supplemental instruction to our credit-bearing college level courses. ALL sessions revolve around student-to-student interaction and cooperative learning. The goal is to assists students with understanding difficult class content.
The Student Success Center staff proctors any quizzes/tests/exams that require accommodations or make-up assessments approved by a course instructor. For students with disabilities, we have available a variety of assistive technology and software including but not limited to:
- Noise cancelling headphones
- Livescribe smart pens
- Kurzweil Firefly
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Computer with large print backlit keyboard, and with braille keyboard
For Villa’s testing cover sheet and procedures, click here.
Academic Recovery Program
Villa’s academic recovery program was designed to help students who are struggling academically get back on track. If you have received an academic warning, are on probation, or are on final probation, the Student Success Center can help. An SSC team member will schedule an individual meeting with you to help create and implement a plan for success that meets both your personal and academic needs. The goal is to assist students in returning to good academic standing.
Social work services are available to all enrolled Villa’s students. Students in need of assistance with housing, food, transportation, obtaining clothing, legal issues, child care, managing mental or physical health, substance abuse referrals, any relationship issues or simply dealing with a crisis are strongly encouraged to work with Villa’s social worker. The goal is to help students address and reduce any external obstacles that may undermine student’s academic performance.
For more information on the social work services offered at Villa, click here.