The Core Scholar Program, our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), is underway. The project's purpose is to equip our students with the combination of academic and soft skills necessary for success in college and eventually the workplace. The program is a voluntary program for any EFSC student. Students can participate in any portion of the project or may choose to complete the entire program by participating in our peer tutoring, soft skills workshops, success coaching and major area of interest learning communities. Students who complete all requirements are called our Core Scholars and can receive perks (like Core Scholar distinction on transcripts and special regalia at graduation). But all students can benefit from any portion of the program!
Click each of the four components to learn more and get involved in that segment of the Core Scholar Program:
To enhance academic support, peer tutoring programs will be developed in some of our highest enrollment courses having high percentages of students earning D, F, I, or W grades. This will compliment existing professional tutoring in our Learning Labs on each campus. This program requires faculty input regarding the student tutors chosen for these particular courses. Training will be provided, as will space for the tutoring meetings. Time spent in tutoring sessions will be tracked by the appropriate software. The chosen peer tutors will be given service learning credit for their time as well as possible scholarship in lieu of student worker pay.
Soft Skills Workshops
April 2014 Study Skills Workshops are planned for each campus; click here to see workshop dates, locations and times.
To address the soft skills that students and faculty recognize as part of success, we're offering a series of workshops. These complement existing SLS courses but don't replace them because they don't require student registration in a semester-long course. Proposed topics include time management, study skills, personal finance, career planning, etc. These are being developed in cooperation with the Career Centers on each campus, which already provide excellent resources but might reach more students with high profile QEP events.
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To address the perceived hurdles a student faces at the College, we've developed an enhanced mentoring program to increase student awareness of the resources available at the College. This program includes trained faculty and staff who meet with students a set number of times per term to help them learn about college resources and procedures, the requirements of graduation and transfers, and career planning.
To further address the engagement of our students, encouraging networking and career planning, Major Area of Interest (MAI) courses and online learning communities are being developed to allow students with similar academic goals to communicate and learn about their chosen career field.
The first course, PSY 2023, Career Exploration in Psychology, will be offered Fall 2014 and connect students with other students interested in the field, plus psychology professionals from the community.
This program was piloted successfully during QEP planning and will be enlarged to include more disciplines. Online learning communities can include faculty, students, alumni and community members. The online discussions are based on discipline-specific content, including relevant readings, event notifications, current topics, career possibilities, educational requirements, etc. The communities are moderated by faculty members in the discipline and students chosen by faculty members.
All of these components are available to any of our students, but only Core Scholars are required to participate. A Core Scholar must attend tutoring in a course (or be a tutor), attend a set number of workshops each academic year and participate in (or be a moderator in) a major area of interest community. All students are welcome to attend individual components or become Core Scholars, but we're tracking our FTIC (First Time in College) students for our required data, comparing those who complete the program with those who do not.
Study Skills Workshops
Major Area of Interest Communities
Core Scholar Flyers
- Apply to be a Peer Tutor
- Career Exploration in Psychology Course
- Success Coach Information
- Core Scholar One-pager
- Are You a Core Scholar?
- Core Scholar for Students
- Core Scholar for Faculty & Staff