At Shawnee State University, we want you to be successful. We want all students to reach their education goals, including earning a degree.
While we can't predict which students will be successful in college, we know that those who enter as freshmen with certain risk factors often struggle with college material. These students are more likely to fail courses, stop showing up for classes, and eventually drop out with college debt and no degree. When this happens, we all fail.
To help give students the extra support, skills, and attention they need to be successful, we have created a Success Curriculum that leads to a two-year degree that can be transitioned into a four-year degree in their chosen fields of study.
Students who are identified as needing support as they enter college are invited to participate.
Complete the application form. You will be notified by mail if you qualified for the program and have been enrolled.
As a program participant, you will be accepted into the University College and enrolled in a two-year, associate degree program.
The first semester will be designed to get you started on the right foot. During this time, we will provide you with intensive intervention services and academic resources.
If you need developmental courses in English, reading, or math to become ready for college-level courses, we will provide you with individual or small group tutoring, or both.
You will be assigned an advisor who will meet with you regularly during the semester to review and track your progress, assess any help that you may need, and connect you with resources. Your advisor will also meet with the University College Dean and the Dean of Students each month to discuss your success.
You will be enrolled in a First-Year Experience Course (UNIV 1101) and a Major/Career Exploration Course (UNIV 1105).
As part of the First-Year Experience, you will be required to attend at least 10 one-hour seminars on topics designed to help you develop as a college student, including seminars on note-taking skills, time management, and life outside of the classroom.
At the end of the first semester, your advisor will evaluate your progress, academic goals, and participation. At this time, he or she will make a formal recommendation for you:
No, but it greatly improves your chances. Your success is ultimately up to you. To be a successful college student, we urge you to take advantage of specialized programming, such as the Success Curriculum, and our other services including free tutoring, access to computer labs, and advising. We also encourage you to use the library services, and get involved with student life activities outside of the classroom as well. Most importantly, don't miss any classes and talk to your professor if you are having problems.
We will ensure that you receive the services, support, and direction that you need to become a successful college student and to succeed with your goals of earning a college degree.
The program is designed to provide one-on-one counseling and advising throughout the most critical first semester so you will have an expert with you to help you transition to college life, become familiar with the support services available to you, and advise you every step of the way.