Student Success and Retention is dedicated to enhancing retention and graduation rates through student academic support services that are available to all students at Bennett College. Student Success and Retention’s initiatives are aligned with the College’s mission to provide learning opportunities for all students. Our approach is evidence-based and designed to provide exceptional services to all students that will ensure proper access to academic support services.
Office of Student Success
The Office of Student Success is led by student-centered educators who meet the comprehensive needs of students at Bennett College. The leadership and staff, and its constituent units, assert that their programs, services, and facilities, are all organized and operated to be congruent with all aspects of student learning and development including, but not limited to, academic, cultural, emotional, intellectual, moral, and social-interpersonal themes. The services provided by the Office of Student Success include Academic Advising, Tutoring Services (Curriculum Learning Center and The Writing Center), Orientation for New and Transfer Students, the Emerging Scholars Program, Success Coaching, and Accessibility Services.
Bennett College uses a shared structure for advising students known as a split model where advising is carried out by faculty in the individual academic programs as well as by professional staff from the Office of Student Success.
Each Academic Department and Program has a designated Faculty Advisor within the department and/or program, and Staff from the Office of Student Success serve as Success Coaches for all students. Freshwomen, Sophomore, Transfer students with less than 58 credit hours, and Undecided majors must meet with their assigned Success Coach for academic advising, and Juniors and Seniors must meet with their Faculty Advisor for their major, for academic advising.
Advising at Bennett College is an on-going, calculated, educational partnership, with a curriculum, instruction, and a set of learning outcomes.
The Curriculum Learning Center and The Writing Center are designed to give students an opportunity to become proficient, active learners, and to develop the confidence needed to increase their skills and succeed academically. The Tutoring Services Centers help students create learning strategies necessary for today’s analytical and critical thinkers by providing instructional support services to all currently enrolled students.
New Student Orientation
Students new to the College engage in a New Student Orientation course. Each course is tailored specifically for the First Year Experience and/or Transfer Student Experience. Topics covered include the history, traditions and culture of the College, time management, study skills, interactive presentations, research resources, understanding your learning style, test-taking strategies, self-motivation, values, and preparing for student success at Bennett College and beyond.
Emerging Scholars Program
Emerging Scholars are Bennett College students who have been admitted with a high school cumulative grade point average of less than 2.5, at the time of their offer of admission to the college and upon receiving final high school cumulative grade point average. Emerging Scholars must participate in the Emerging Scholars Program for their entire Freshwoman year (2 semesters).
Upon enrollment, each student is connected with a Success Coach who supports the student in achieving their goals for success in all aspects of college life. The Success Coaches serve as academic advisors, and work with faculty, faculty advisors, staff, administrative leadership, and others, to provide a holistic approach to academic advising and student success.
Office of Accessibility Services
The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) provides, coordinates, and advocates for services which enable students with disabilities to receive equal access to a college education and all aspects of college life. Academic growth, accessibility management, and self-advocacy skills for students are supported and enhanced by providing reasonable accommodations and information for registered students. The Office of Accessibility Services addresses the academic needs of students through consultations, referrals, and accommodation plans.
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The Office of Student Success 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.