These programs and services are coordinated by Chris McPherson. Please contact Chris for more information at 304-336-8274 or [email protected]
Hilltopper Academy is a week-long, residential, summer bridge program designed to increase college readiness among entering first-year students with “at-risk” pre-entry factors (i.e. substandard scores on the ACT or SAT, below average High School GPA). Participants engage in a week of skill-building activities in Math, Writing, Critical-Thinking and Study Strategies and Time Management. Qualifying freshmen are invited to participate in the academy, but any student may choose to participate if they believe the program would be helpful.
Cost: Traditionally, there is a $50 registration fee for the program. This registration fee includes instruction, academic workshops, all meals, and activities.
Please visit our Hilltopper Academy Webpage for more information.
FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE (COLL 101)
COLL 101 is an ten week long, two-hour seminar course offered each fall. It is designed to prepare first-year freshmen for academic and personal success at West Liberty University. Students who successfully complete COLL 101 will be able to:
- Effectively use WINS
- List important pre-registration, financial aid, Add/Drop deadlines
- Calculate their term and cumulative GPA’s as well as their quality points
- Define and utilize the following skills: critical thinking, cultural competence, strategic reading, studying, note-taking, and time-management.
- Identify and respond to different teaching styles
COLL 103 STUDENT SUCCESS SEMINAR
This course is designed for first-time freshmen who have been placed on Academic Probation. COLL 103 is a one credit hour course which focuses on: student motivation, goal-setting, coping strategies, time management, and study strategies. This course asks students to indicate the factors they believe contributed to their academic challenges and develop an Academic Success Plan (ASP) to achieve academic success. The ASP is developed by the student with input from appropriate Learning & Student Development Center staff and/or Departmental Advisors.
PARENT POWER NEWSLETTER
The PARENT POWER NEWSLETTER is an easy-to-read bulletin designed to keep parents informed about important dates, deadlines, and discussions they should be having with their student to promote academic and personal success. Newsletters are sent out regularly during the academic year (typically once per month) and at least once throughout the summer months.
Parents can also like/follow the Parent Power Facebook Page to receive day-to-day information about West Liberty University and other helpful posts for parents.