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The National Resource Center is pleased to now offer online courses on current topics related to the first-year experience and students in transition. Online courses are designed to come as close as possible to providing students with the same course content and opportunities for interaction with classmates and with the instructor as traditional or classroom-based courses as well as take advantage of pedagogy and teaching techniques that are not possible or uncommon in a traditional format. Our online courses will take place during a four-week or five-week period with the majority of instruction occurring in an asynchronous environment. Asynchronous instruction is neither time bound nor place-bound and does not require the simultaneous participation of all students and instructors. It utilizes tools such as email, threaded discussions/forums, listservs, and blog.


Participants will earn 1.5 continuing education units.




The Bridge to Anywhere: Enhancing Student Success and Institutional Impact Through Bridge Programs



Andrew (Drew) Newton

Associate Director, First-Year Academic Advising
University Advising Center, Office of the Provost

Andrew (Drew) Newton Andrew (Drew) Newton currently serves as the Assistant Director of First-Year Advising at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. In collaboration with academic leadership, Drew guides the standardization of academic advising across 11 colleges and schools for over 6,000 incoming freshmen and transfer students through 28 talented full time professional academic advisors. Prior to his work with academic advising, Drew served as director of the university's residential bridge program, Gamecock Gateway, while also leading transfer and veteran student success initiatives. Beyond higher education, Drew has also served as a middle school teacher and K-12 department chair. A native of Farmville, Virginia, Drew completed his Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education from James Madison University and his Master of Education in Higher Education/Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina.



Course
Date
Registration Deadline
Course Capacity
Fee
 
October 22 - November 16, 2018 October 12, 2018 25 Registrants $425.00

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Expanding access. Enhancing preparation. Streamlining transfer and student transitions. Bridge programs do all this and more. The need for post-secondary education has never been greater, and neither has the necessity of effective partnerships to take students from point A to point B in their progression toward degree. In this online course, students will be introduced to three primary bridge possibilities: residential bridge; non-residential bridge; and summer/transition bridge programs. Through literary review, exploration of best practices, and dialogue with practitioners in the field, students will develop a bridge program action plan and guiding documents that could be furthered at their institutions while proactively determining how the programs can be assessed.

COURSE GOALS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand the literature and best practices behind residential bridge partnerships between institutions

  • Understand the literature and best practices behind non-residential bridge partnerships/articulation agreements¬†between institutions

  • Understand the literature and best practices behind summer bridge programs

  • Engage in dialogue with practitioners engaged all the respective bridge programs

  • Develop the framework for an institution-specific residential, non-residential, or summer bridge program using research and best practices explored

  • Create tools and metrics to assess the effectiveness of bridge programs

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