P91: Getting students on course

Author: Kirsten Casey, Anne Arundel Community College, USA

Co-Author: Debra Bartlett, Anne Arundel Community College, USA

Date: 8/3/14

Time: 2:05 PM2:25 PM

Room: MAK B1114

Related Symposium: S14

Many of us in the science department are frustrated with low success rates in our science courses. There are many reasons students are not successful, most of which have little to do with content, and everything to do with students’ study behaviors. Yet there is no time in our classes to address these skills. Teaming up with our Education Department, we have designed and team- taught a special section of our student success course that targets struggling science students. This course is based on the On Course curriculum. On Course is a curriculum that is centered on eight principles for success taken from the literature, including interdependence, self-management, and motivation. Our initial efforts have been highly effective. Many students improved their grades from D’s to B’s in their science course. This paper will briefly describe the structure of the course, the strategies we use to get students to enroll, and the lessons we have learned.