Here are some updates from student success you may find helpful in your role as faculty members.
The Academic Success Coaching program offers a holistic view of student success and academic intervention. The Academic Success Coach (ASC) is a model for effective organization, time-management, study skills, and executive functioning. ASC’s are also responsible for imparting a feeling of ownership and a sense of agency over one’s academic journey, so that the client is better equipped to navigate their academic journey. The Academic Success Coaching program is positioned in a way that can bring all the components of the Academic Resource Center together. While our other interventions focus on content-specific obstacles, and how best to navigate them, the Academic Success Coach is there to help the student identify their obstacle and find solutions to address it. With questions, please contact the Academic Success Coordinator at 714-966-5452, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Academic Resource Center located in Smith 110.
The Tutorial Center offers a unique approach to academic intervention in that they are programs for the students, of the students, and by the students. They are maintained by the Academic Success Coordinator whose leadership and scholarship are well-established in the Vanguard community. Tutoring services are provided by Vanguard students who have mastered their material and have shown exemplary ability to facilitate learning for their peers. In addition to the content being reviewed for the specific course, our tutors are equipped to destigmatize tutoring and to help students feel more empowered in their academic journey. Tutoring is provided at no cost to the student. The availability of tutors, while broad, is on a first come, first served basis.
One-on-one tutoring request form
If you have questions regarding academic success coaching or tutoring, please contact the Academic Success Coordinator at 714-966-5452, email@example.com or visit the Academic Resource Center located in Smith 110.
Kyle Durham, MA Ed.
Academic Success Coordinator
Adjunct Professor of English
The Office of Disability Services provides reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. If you have a temporary or permanent disability that requires classroom accommodations (this can include but not limited to; attention-related, learning, mental health, vision, hearing, physical or other health conditions), please contact The Office of Disability Services at 714-619-6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Types of reasonable accommodations for students who are approved are additional time on testing, note-takers, textbooks in an accessible format, and frequent breaks.
The Disability Services Office provides accommodations for over 7% of the Vanguard population including TUG, PS, and Grad. If a student indicates to you that they have a disability, you may ask if they have accommodations. If they do not, please refer the student to the Disability Services Office. It is important to not assume that just because a student has a disability, that they are need of accommodations. It is equally important not to attempt to diagnose or ask if a student has a disability. If a student comes to you with medical documentation of a major surgery or medical condition, please encourage the student to come to Disability Services. If a student express that certain academic tasks are extremely difficult, including reading, listening to lectures, comprehending directives, or issues with focusing, please discreetly talk with the student about utilizing Disability Services as a starting point. If you have concerns, but are unsure about how to direct a student, please feel free to contact our staff for additional support and resources.
Kerry Kimble, MA Ed.
Director of Disability Services
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic assistance program that increases student performance and retention. The SI program targets historically difficult courses (often math and science courses) that typically have a high DFW rate (percentage of grades of Ds, Fs, or Withdrawals in the course). SI takes the stigma off students and puts it on the traditionally difficult courses.
SI is a time set aside, one session each week, for students to get together outside of class and discuss the ideas and concepts that faculty present in class. It is facilitated by a student who has previously taken the class and achieved success. During the SI session, the SI leader encourages interaction among students about the topics and concepts that faculty have discussed during class. Using a variety of innovative group study techniques, the SI Leader facilitates conversations about the subject matter presented by the faculty. Attendance is voluntary, and faculty are not notified about who does or does not attend, as not to skew grading.
Grade improvement data from the three years since the program launched reveal that students who attend SI earn from 1/2 to as much as 2 letter grades higher than students who do not and, the DFW rates of students who attend SI has been cut in half. This leads to higher retention and graduation rates!
Tom Shirey, MA Ed.
Supplemental Instruction Program Coordinator
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics