The Division for Student Success and Retention (DSSR) is dedicated to enhancing retention and graduation rates through peer and professional tutoring, academic advising, mentoring, and supplemental instruction that will ensure success for all students in a Global Society. Our approach is informed by best practices and focused on providing exceptional service to all students.
The mission of The Division for Student Success and Retention is to provide comprehensive tutoring services, supplemental instruction, mentoring, and advising to all students throughout their matriculation at Bennett College. Student success professionals are committed to providing an exceptional learning environment that enables individuals to develop their full potential, pursue their dreams and become enlightened leaders in local and global communities.
To increase retention and graduation rates by providing students with access to free tutoring in core courses, success skills seminars, mentoring, supplemental instruction, and academic advising, thus fostering the independent, critical thinking skills that all students need to succeed at Bennett College and beyond.
- To maximize every student’s potential to achieve academic success and to adjust responsibly to the individual and interpersonal challenges presented by the College.
- To provide resources and support services that will ensure student success through the coordination and collaboration of all academic divisions on campus.
Student Responsibilities and Expectations
- Students are expected to take an active role in their education by participating in all available resources offered on campus that will enhance their learning.
- Students must be prepared to learn and to be intellectually challenged.
- Students must strive for academic excellence in all of their courses
The Curriculum Learning Center
The Curriculum Learning Center (TCLC) is designed to allow students an opportunity to become proficient active learners and develop the confidence needed to increase their skill levels and succeed in academic coursework at Bennett College. The TCLC helps students create learning strategies necessary for today’s analytical and critical thinkers by providing instructional support services to all currently enrolled students. Group and individual tutoring sessions as well as supplemental instruction sessions and Success Seminars are provided for all students. There is no charge for any of the following services provided by the Curriculum Learning Center:
- Professional and Peer tutoring in gateway courses and various 100-200 level courses across all disciplines
- Supplemental Instruction Leaders in all LW102 and LW103 sections
- Specialized Academic Counseling
- Success Seminars and Workshops
The Academic Advising Coordinator assesses student’s needs, goals, interests and prior academic experiences in order to guide students in the design and implementation of a successful academic plan. The Academic Advising Coordinator also collaborates with faculty members to address the academic advising needs of students and are also responsible for understanding and interpreting the College’s policies and academic degree programs to help facilitate academic success for all students.
Emerging Scholars (ES) are students who have been admitted to the College with a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.0-2.39. Students remain Emerging Scholars for their entire Freshwoman year (2 semesters). Emerging Scholars are restricted to a maximum of 15 credit hours per semester while they are on Emerging Scholar status and have the opportunity to be paired with an on-campus mentor. These are faculty/staff volunteers who are committed to providing additional support and guidance for the student. Emerging Scholars meet twice each month with the Academic Advising Coordinator. This monthly meeting is designed to check in with students, provide additional information and to discuss any difficulties.
There are a series of monthly Success Seminars and Workshops in which Emerging Scholars are required to attend. These seminars range in the content areas from test taking strategies, goal setting, time management, reading and understanding your syllabus and many more. Emerging Scholars are required to sign up for and attend tutoring.
All Freshwomen are assigned a mentor during their first academic year at Bennett College. The goal of the Mentoring Program is to help retain the incoming Freshwomen class through guided mentorship, skill building, and goal setting. The mentors will serve in a variety of capacities to the students, such as, providing accurate information about navigating through college, college success tips, building personal connections to the College and surrounding community. The mentors and mentees will complete training and be provided with group activities monthly to build their relationship.
Supplemental Instruction Leaders (SI) assist students with improving their academic experiences in designated gateway courses. This academic support model is a peer assisted study session to improve student retention and success in historically difficult courses. The Supplemental Instruction Leaders attended the class during the designated times and hold sessions after the class to assist students with understanding concepts.
Dr. Althea S. Truesdale
Ms. Aurrielle Cobb
Academic Advising Coordinator