How we support students:
One of our Student Success Coaches would love to work one-on-one with your student to help set personal and academic goals to help him or her be successful in their first year of college. Just as an athletic coach would do, Success Coaches help students get motivated to reach their full potential. By working with a coach, students can select to receive academic progress reports and develop skills and strategies to combat academic challenges. Having a Success Coach is a great way to make the transition to college as seamless as possible.
Students can choose to be enrolled in our academic monitoring program. When students are added to the monitored list, Success Coaches receive 4-week and 8-week progress reports from faculty members on campus. A coach will then reach out to students who may need extra support in their courses. We will partner with your student to determine the cause of the academic difficulty and develop solutions to help the student overcome challenges. Even high-achieving students can select to be monitored. Academic monitoring is a great way for students to stay informed about how they are doing in their courses.
The First-Year Success Center utilizes an Early Alert system on campus. An Early Alert is an electronic form that can be completed by faculty members on campus when they feel a student needs additional support outside the classroom. Success Coaches are notified if students are frequently missing classes, have done poorly on a test or quiz, or are exhibiting signs of distress in their coursework. The Early Alert system is another method that the First-year Success Center uses to ensure that students are getting access to the resources that they need.
All faculty members who teach first-year students are required to submit midterm grades. Midterm grades are recorded to Matrix (the online student record system) and are then accessible to Success Coaches in the First-Year Success Center. Midterm grades allow coaches to pinpoint students who may be having difficulty in one or more courses and provides an opportunity for conversations about getting extra support in those subjects.
Incoming students are given the opportunity to sign up for the First-Year Mentor program. First-year students are matched up with a student leader on campus to serve as a point of contact during the transition to college. Our mentors have been through some of the same issues that incoming students face and are willing to share the knowledge that they have gained through experience. Joining the mentor program also gives student the opportunity to improve academic skills, get involved in community service, and get to know other students on campus who are also enrolled in the program.
The First-Year Success Center houses two honor societies that engage two first-year populations. Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) recognizes first-year students who have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA in their first semester and are in the top 20% of the incoming class. Students who accept the invitation to join will be inducted into the honor society in the spring semester.
Tau Sigma is an honor society designated for first-semester transfer students. The University of New Haven chapter was founded in 2011.