March 27, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska - University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Student Services Manager Gail Klein, and Student Services Coordinator Chris Hoyt were invited to deliver a presentation at the 2008 National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) conference, Feb 27th to March 1st, in Boston, Massachusetts. This presentation, "Building a Student Retention Plan Around a College Success Course" discussed how UAS Ketchikan improved retention by implementing a comprehensive three credit "Critical College Success Skills" course, eventually combined into a block with developmental math and developmental English. The classes were tied together with cross-referenced syllabi, creating a Learning Community for the enrolled students. This proved to be a successful strategy for assisting under-prepared students. The presenters shared with colleagues the methods used in implementing and evaluating current programs.
The National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) is an organization that helps learners at all levels of preparedness realize their full academic potential by working to improve the theory and practice of developmental education, which includes all forms of learning assistance; personal, academic, and career counseling; academic advisement; and coursework. It is sensitive and responsive to individual differences and special needs among learners.
The national conference was attended by over 2,000 college faculty, student services professionals and others who work directly with students to improve retention and help students succeed at college.
Gail Klein has worked at UAS Ketchikan since 1996. She is the Student Services Manager and oversees student services. Chris Hoyt has worked at UAS Ketchikan since 2004 and has led the outreach effort for the Alaska Native and Rural Alaska Title III grant funded by the US Department of Education.
The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan is a branch campus of the University of Alaska Southeast. The campus offers a wide variety of educational courses and programs to Ketchikan and the surrounding communities throughout the year. Many course offerings are available both locally and through distance avenues including web-based and audio conferences. Through these offerings, students can achieve certificate, associate, bachelor and master degrees.
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