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Preparing Students for Success Program

(PSSP)

Our Lady of Holy Cross College offers developmental (pre-college) courses in reading, English, and math. Developmental courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. For more information, contact Dr. Victoria Dahmes at 504-398-2237.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In keeping with our College Mission, the Our Lady of Holy Cross College Preparing Students for Success Program (PSSP) offers holistic support for underprepared students. It is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning. The PSSP was first implemented in the Fall Semester of 2009. It is a direct result of the Quality Enhancement Plan submitted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in partial fulfillment of accreditation renewal in 2009. Engagement in the PSSP during their first two semesters on campus unites undergraduates in a community of learners. This experience helps students build relationships and skills that benefit them throughout their college careers.

The following PSSP courses help underprepared students acquire proficiencies needed for success in college: Introduction to College Success (ICS 100), Introduction to College Reading (REA 100), Introduction to College English (ENG 100), Introduction to College Algebra (MAT 100), and Fundamentals of Mathematics (MAT 099). MAT 099 helps students attain prerequisite computational proficiencies necessary to MAT 100. Students enrolled in MAT 099 have the opportunity to test out of MAT 100 at the end of the semester. Successful completion of Introduction to College Success (ICS 100) is required of all students taking one or more PSSP courses.

Embedded in the PSSP are the services of trained advisors and tutors, the use of the Academic Skills Center and the Blaine S. Kern Library, as well as the services of the Thomas E. Chambers Counseling Center, the Office of Campus Ministry, and the Office of Student Life. Computer-assisted support is also available. LearningExpress provides PSSP participants with unlimited electronic access to study guides, practice exams, and academic tutorials that enhance student success in college.

EXPECTED STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THE PSSP
By the Fall Semester of 2014, upon successful completion of corresponding PSSP courses, at least 70% of students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the reading skills (REA 100) necessary to function successfully in a college-level social science course, as measured by a final semester grade of C or higher in HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 201 or HIST 202;
  2. Demonstrate the writing skills necessary (ENG 100) to function successfully in a college-level English composition course, as measured by a final semester grade of C or higher in ENG 101;
  3. Demonstrate the mathematics skills necessary (MAT 100) to function successfully in a college-level algebra or finite mathematics course, as measured by a final semester grade of C or higher in MAT 105.
  4. Demonstrate the prerequisite basic skills necessary (MAT 099) to function successfully in an introductory college mathematics course, as measured by a final semester grade of C or higher in MAT 100.
  5. Demonstrate the personal, technical, and social skills necessary (ICS 100) to function successfully in college-level courses, as measured by a final semester grade of P on a pass/no credit scale and a student engagement survey.

ACADEMIC CREDITS
Credit hours earned upon successful completion of REA 100, ENG 100, and MAT 100 satisfy general education requirements and are applicable toward completion of degree programs, where appropriate. Successful completion of REA 100, ENG 100 and MAT 100 is defined as earning a final semester grade of C or higher.

Credits earned upon successful completion of MAT 099 and ICS 100 do not satisfy general education requirements and are not applicable to any program. Successful completion of MAT 099 and ICS 100 is defined as earning a final semester grade of P on a PASS/NO CREDIT scale.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CREDITS
Students enrolled in PSSP courses may take a maximum of thirteen credit hours per semester.

REPEATING COURSES
Students may spend one semester or a maximum of two semesters in REA 100, ENG 100, MAT 100, MAT 099 or ICS 100. If a student is unsuccessful in completing MAT 099 or ICS 100 for a second time, he/she will receive a final semester grade of F. PSSP courses not successfully completed within the allotted time place the student in academic suspension for one full year, including the summer term.

CURRICULA

 

REA 100 Introduction to College Reading (3 credit hours) prepares students for success in college reading in a social science course (HIST 101, 102, 201 or 202). It assists students in improving their vocabulary, comprehension, reading rate, and fluency. Topics include the foundations of reading, dictionary skills, word origins, multiple meanings, word elements, context clues, idioms, and critical thinking and comprehension. Differentiated assignments, collaborative projects, reflective journaling, and computer-assisted instruction aid in the instructional process.
ENG 100 Introduction to College English (3 credit hours) prepares students for success in college writing in English Composition I (ENG 101). Students build college-level writing skills through application of the conventions of English grammar, use of the stages of process writing, and critical thinking skills. Extensive writing practice, prompt feedback, and computer-assisted instruction facilitate student learning.
MAT 099 Fundamentals of Mathematics (3 credit hours) prepares students for success in a pre-algebra course (MAT 100). This course encourages students to think critically as they comprehend and apply mathematical concepts. Students review basic computational skills and mathematical concepts in preparation for MAT 100. Students in MAT 099 have the opportunity to test out of MAT 100 at the end of the semester. Instructional techniques that include direct instruction, guided practice, continuous assessment, and computer-assisted learning aid students in building fundamental mathematical skills.
MAT 100 Introduction to College Algebra (3 hours) prepares students for success in college algebra (MAT 105) or finite mathematics. This course encourages students to think critically as they comprehend and apply mathematical concepts. Depending on placement scores, it may be taken independently or as part of a two-semester sequence of MAT 099 and MAT 100. Instructional techniques that include direct instruction, guided practice, continuous assessment, and computer-assisted learning aid students in building pre-algebra skills.
ICS 100 Introduction to College Success (1 credit hour) prepares students for effective integration into the college environment. This course includes a service learning component. Successful completion of all components of ICS 100 is required of students taking ENG 100, REA 100, MAT 099 or MAT 100. Through a community of learners, undergraduates acquire the personal, technical, and social skills that support college success. Topics include campus resources, learning styles, study skills, time management, library skills, test-taking skills, the College mission, and community service. Two individual counseling sessions per student are embedded in the course. Students are encouraged to think critically as they set academic, personal and/or career goals.

 


PSSP End of Semester Survey - Spring 2014

Course Placement Guide (PDF)

Instructor Referral Form for Early Intervention (PDF)

PSSP Strategic Plan 2009-2010 (PDF)

The Overarching Goal of the QEP (PDF)

QEP Presentation to Division of Nursing (PPT)

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)