Success Programs

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Our student success programs assist students in achieving academic success, acclimating to the academic culture of the campus and engaging in resources to reach their personal, academic and professional goals. Through the employment of one-to-one student contact, program development, collaboration with college and university resources and continual assessment of retention data, we focus on improving the retention and graduation rates of our students. Explore to learn more about how we can help you succeed.

Our student retention program works to enhance student success by:

  • Utilizing a student-centered approach to guidance
    • Developing your skill sets and empowering you to take initiative and responsibility for your own personal, professional and academic success.
  • Providing access to comprehensive programs for assistance in developing and fostering intellectual, social, ethical, academic and personal growth.
  • Monitoring and assessing institutional and college data in the area of student retention.

The College of Education (COE) is committed to student success. If you have been placed on academic probation are required to schedule a probation meeting with the COE coordinator of retention. During these meetings, your strengths and opportunities for improvement will be assessed using the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory. You are encouraged to continue working individually with the coordinator of retention to develop a personalized academic recovery plan including one on one coaching, workshops and resource referrals to strengthen your ability for academic success.

As a sophomore you are entering into a critical time period that will ultimately set the tone for academic success. Our office committed to helping you reach your academic goals and we have developed a program to support sophomore level students in obtaining the required G.P.A. to declare their major. Included within this program are personalized one on one assessment, academic coaching and resource referrals that work to strengthen your skill sets in the areas of:

  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Anxiety
  • Information processing and concentration
  • Motivation and attitude
  • Self testing skills
  • Test taking skills
  • Selecting main ideas
  • Reading comprehension

If you feel they you are struggling academically we invite you to participate in academic coaching sessions to overcome challenges to success. Personalized one on one academic coaching, that covers topics such as the development of time management skills, study strategies and test taking skills will be utilized to promote your success.

Numerous research studies have demonstrated that a sense of ownership and belonging to their college and major produces a significant positive effect on student retention. Our office adheres to John Gardner's definition of a healthy community as containing:

  • Wholeness incorporating diversity
  • A shared culture
  • Good internal communication
  • Caring, trust and teamwork
  • Group maintenance and government
  • Participation and the sharing of leadership tasks
  • Links with the outside world
  • Developing young people

Source: Gardner, John W. On Leadership. New York: Free, 1990. Print.

Learn more about how you can get involved!

Students that are identified with concerns for success in their teacher licensure program that warrant a department review will be invited to a growth and professional development performance review.

The intent of this review process is to inform and support teacher candidates, toward successfully meeting the expectations of their program, with the professionalism and dispositions of a pre-service teacher.

Questions? Please refer to departmental policy and procedure.

Contact Us

College of Education Student Services
Gabel Hall 138
815-753-8352
cedustudentservices@niu.edu

Hours

Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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