3 Critical Social/Emotional Intelligence Skills that Impact Academic Performance and Student Retention
December 31, 2013

In a previous blog we discussed Improving Retention Using The Success Profiler®. In this study, the eleven scales of The Personal Skills Map® (a core assessment of The Success Profiler) were identified as critical factors in improving student retention and academic performance. This study takes a closer look at three of the eleven key scales in The Personal Skills Map that seem to help predict student retention.

In a dissertation published in 2004 by Magdalena Williams entitled Achievement and Retention Patterns in a Predominantly Hispanic Serving Institution of Higher Education, Williams chronicles a study on retention/academic achievement. The focus of this research was on two variables considered to be critical to retention/academic performance. These factors were identified as academic and non-academic factors.

Improving Student Retention Using The Success Profiler
December 18, 2013

Student retention is a primary concern for all post-secondary institutions. In a study conducted by the Research Department of the Minnesota House of Representatives on community college retention, 55% of new, entering students drop out of college by their second year of enrollment (Finc & Lehnertz, 1991).

To address this issue, Anson Community College conducted a study in the fall of 1994 to determine the effectiveness of The Success Profiler®, and in particular, The Personal Skills Map® (a core assessment in The Success Profiler), in increasing student retention.

Self-Esteem & Multi-Tiered System of Supports
December 16, 2013

A computer is made up of two main components: Hardware and software. Both are necessary for the computer to operate successfully. Without hardware your computer would not exist and software would have nothing to run on, and without software, you would simply have a machine, incapable of performing any kind of meaningful work.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports or MTSS is an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention (Florida’s MTSS Project). Much like a computer requires both hardware and software to function successfully, MTSS proves that students must learn both behavioral skills as well as academic skills in order to be successful. The trend toward incorporating both academic and behavioral instruction into the classroom is growing because you cannot separate academic performance from social/emotional learning. Both are key ingredients for a student’s success in school, the workplace and life in general.

Supportive Environment and Multi-Tiered System of Supports
December 13, 2013

Supportive Environment is the amount to which friends, family, teachers and others around us value high achievement and positively encourage people in their goals. A supportive environment is a critical factor in the MTSS process.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports, or MTSS, is a term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention (Florida’s MTSS Project). This definition brings together the worlds of academic instruction and behavioral intervention.

In the MTSS process, knowing how learners feels about their support systems is important information to know. Supportive environment is one of the twelve scales in our Personal Responsibility Map, which is the core assessment in our Personal Responsibility—Achieving Academic and Career Goals program.

When students lack a positive support system, it is important to help them build a support structure that will help them to achieve their academic and career goals. Our Personal Responsibility—Achieving Academic and Career Goals not only identifies the strength of each user’s support system, it also provides students with valuable information on how to build and maintain a positive support system.

Our Efforts Are Not Acceptable
December 10, 2013

Labor Stats for Persons with Disabilities

The U. S. Department of Labor recently released data on two important employment trends for persons with disabilities.  Both of these statistics are troubling and to truly put this into terms that will help you understand, we wanted to take a visual approach. You can download the complete infographic by clicking here.