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Mount Aloysius College’s Center for Student Success (CSS) provides holistic and strength-based support to all students in a proactive effort to foster academic and career success. The CSS is focused on providing services that are high impact, assessable, and equitable to all students.

CSS Strategic Plan

Mount Aloysius College recognizes that good academic advising and career development are key factors in the retention of students and their overall academic success.   The ever-changing shape of the landscape of higher education on both local and national levels requires institutions to actively engage in plans to provide, assess, revise, and innovate these types of services on campus.  In a time where there are fewer student to recruit, the importance of retaining students who enroll at our institution is more important than ever.   The College continuously engages in examining programs, services, and extra-curricular activities.  Vincent Tinto (1993) identified, “Retention is a by-product of a good educational experience”.  As a result of these factors, we must be more proactive than ever to ensure we collaborate campus-wide to provide the necessary support to students to ensure they complete an education that does not only prepare them for their professional life, but as an active community member as well.

The unification of the Registrar’s Office, Student Success and Advising, and Career Development to form the Center for Student Success (CSS) will allow for continued support and development for faculty and advisors, stronger career development engagement at critical points in a student’s educational journey and more structure attempts to engage at-risk students.

Mount Aloysius has an excellent foundation in the offices of the CSS and good reasons to focus on the continued development of academic advising and career development across the institution.  The creation of the CSS allows for all three individual offices to plan, implement, and support each other as new initiatives are enacted.

The CSS Strategic Plan has been developed to collaboratively meet not only the CSS Vision and Mission Statements, but also each of the individual office’s mission statements. The strategic plan consists of eight themes and corresponding tactics, which address opportunities in all three areas of the CSS.

The CSS Strategic Plan is available for review here.

MACPASS
The MACPASS awards students for attending academic, life, and career planning sessions! If completed, students gain access to priority registration for the upcoming semester, excellent student success resources, and entries into a drawing for 3 $100 gift certificates toward next semester’s books at the MAC Campus Bookstore
ACADEMICS & LEARNING ACTIVITIES (complete at least 3)

  • Attend a Center for Student Success event
  • Meet with your advisor
  • Attend a Learning Commons event (can be repeated if you attend multiple)

LIFE & CAREER PLANNING ACTIVITIES (complete at least 3)

  • Complete the Focus 2 assessment online
  • Attend a career planning appointment
  • Attend an appointment for a resume critique
  • Complete a mock interview
  • Attend a Career Development workshop or event (can be repeated if you attend multiple)
  • Participate in Mountie Fit

Tracking Process

When students attend an approved event, they will get a stamp from the presenter for their card that says “Approved MACPASS Event.” Signatures from advisors are also welcome.

Free t-shirts

CSS will offer a “T-shirt Tuesday” every Tuesday in September & October. The first 5 students to show their MACPASS in the Center for Student Success on Tuesdays during office hours get a free t-shirt.

Completion

The student will be in charge of their passport and replacement passports will not be awarded if misplaced. It is up to the students to collect stamps from those events or programs completed.  Upon completion, the student turns in their card to Main 101 or the Registrar’s office by Monday, October 22nd. If completed, the student earns:

  1. The MACPASS Student Success Certificate of Completion – if you complete all 6.
  2. Access to priority registration for the upcoming semester – if you complete all 6.
  3. Any stamp is good for one entry into a drawing for 3 $100 gift certificates toward next semester’s books at the MAC Campus Bookstore, so turn in your card no matter how many stamps you have!  A completed card gets you an additional 10 entries in the drawing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Success Sessions – MACPASS Approved

There are a wide range of events on campus that are MACPASS Approved Events that are hosted by the Center for Student Success and the Learning Commons in the Library.  Students should be sure to take the MACPASS with them to get it stamped after the event.  Most of these events last 30-45 minutes. Fall 2018 events are provided below and can be downloaded as a pdf.

Learning Commons Workshops also count as MACPASS Events.  Click here to learn more.

Session Title Date and Time Presenter Description
MyMAC: Just Not for Scheduling Classes September 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. – Main 233

September 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. – Main 233

Dr. Chris Lovett Often students only use MyMAC to schedule classes for an upcoming semester.  However, there are many other tools available to students on MyMAC.  Students have the ability to do GPA predictions, view grade reports, print enrollment verifications, and so much more. In this interactive session, you will learn to navigate MyMAC, uses it tools, and be prepared to meet with your academic advisor.
Creating Educational Success Plans Monday, September 10, 2018 at 1 p.m. – Main 224 Ms. Jenna Weyandt & Mr. Andy Wislock Learn how to map your success at Mount Aloysius by creating an Educational Plan for the semester. The plan will can goals for the semester, strengths and weaknesses, resources on campus to help you, and more. Additional resources including a time management tool will be given to all students who attend.
Finding a Focus that Fits: Planning Your Career Path Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. –  Main 233 Ms. Kristy Magee It is quite common for students to not know what direction to take their major or career path, or how a student’s interests overlap with the workforce. This 30-minute workshop will cover various resources for researching career paths and walk students through the Focus 2 assessment. If you are undeclared or looking at a variety of majors, the session will focus on assessments to complete to help the student find the perfect fit. If a student is confident in their major but looking to understand the career path and what direction to take it, this is also the perfect session to attend.
Study Skills 101 Monday, September 17, 2018 at 3 p.m. – Main 209 Mr. Andy Wislock Students will learn basic study skills for various types of exams, tests, and quizzes.  This will include approaches related to multiple choice, essay, true/false, short answer, and oral exams.  Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of studying, test taking, and note taking methods to prepare for exams at the conclusion of this session.
The Power of Professionalism: Navigating Academics & the Workplace Thursday, September 20th, 3:30 p.m. – Main 233 Ms. Kristy Magee Make a good impression on professors by starting professional writing, behavior and social networking practices now. Students will learn the essentials for the workplace and how that can transfer over into academics from writing a professional email to professionalism when speaking with a professor about a grade. Professors are excellent references for a student’s future job search, so it’s never too early to learn best practices in academics and the workplace.
Dining Etiquette: How to Eat Spaghetti and Other Messy Foods  September 25, 2018 from 12 -1:30 p.m. in Cosgrave Meeting Rooms Ms. Kristy Magee Students will attend banquets, dinner interviews, and many professional networking events throughout their academic and professional lives.  Knowing what to order, how to eat it, and where to place items on the table will help the student be confident in the process and present themselves professionally.  This fun and engaging seminar has students participate by dining with fellow peers. Learn the basics from the start of the meal to when the check arrives.
A Letter Home: Why Family Support is Key to Your Success Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. – Main 224

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. – Main 224

Dr. Chris Lovett & The Mission Integration Team Emotional support from families is essential for succeeding in college.  At this session, students will discuss how they plan to share their successes at college with their families and will be able to ask questions about the College recognition of academic success and leadership. Students will take time to write an actual letter (not an email, text, or social media post) to their parents or loved ones to help get the discussion started which the College will mail for them.
Résumés that Radiate: The Basics of How to Get Started Thursday, October 4th, 3:30 p.m. – Main 233 Ms. Kristy Magee &        Ms. Ellen Coyle Everything a student needs to know about developing a resume, including content, formatting and layouts, this workshop will cover essentials for résumé success. Sections covered will include identifying information, summary of qualifications, work experience, internship experience, volunteer activities, honors, and extracurricular activities to name a few. Students will learn how to properly present themselves on paper so they can have a competitive resume in the current internship and job market.
Tricky Interview Questions: What They Really Want to Know Thursday, October 18th, 3:30 p.m. – Main 233 Ms. Kristy Magee “Tell us a funny story.” “If you were an animal, what would you be?” “Tell us about your biggest disappointment.” “Tell us about a colleague you disagreed with.”  These are tricky interview questions, and what do employers really want to know when they ask you these questions in an interview?  This session will focus on how to answer these by focusing on a student’s strengths, along with questions to be aware of that students should never answer. Students will be presented with a list of challenging interview questions to take home so they can conquer their next summer job interview, internship interview, or post-graduation interview with confidence.
Professors are People Too: Talking to Professors Monday, October 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. – Main 224

 

Dr. Julie Smith, Dr. Danny Anderson, & Dr. Chris Lovett On average, students will take classes with approximately 20-30 different professors during their undergraduate degree. Building a professional relationship with your professors cannot only be beneficial to your success during the semester, but also after you graduate. At this program, you will hear advice on how to break the ice and form working relationships with faculty and staff in order to have the best educational experience possible.
Class Registration 101 Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Main 319 Ms. Jenna Weyandt Are you a second semester freshman who is worried about registering for classes on the Portal for the first time? Or are you a little nervous simply registering on your own? Join us so that we can help ensure your classes are properly scheduled. Note, students must receive registration clearance from their advisor before being able to register.
Advisor Development Sessions

 

Academic advising plays a key role in the success of a student at the College.   The relationship an advisor develops with a student not only helps foster persistence and academic achievement, but it can also be crucial when a student faces challenges that could derail the student from reaching his or her goals. A success advisor must able to transition from passive forms of advising (where the advisor does more talking than listening) to active forms of advising (where the advisor listens more while the student does the bulk of the talking).

To support advisor development and to ensure our advisors’ toolboxes are stocked full of the necessary items to successful assist student, the Center for Student Success will be offering the follow sessions this semester.

Session Title Date and Time Presenter Description
Wait, What? The First Advising Session – What Should I Cover? Monday, September 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  – Main 224

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. – Main 224

Dr. Chris Lovett Getting new advisees into your office in the first weeks of the semester is essential to building rapport and a connection.  So they come to your office, do you just ask them how it is going and send them on their way? In this session, we will cover what are key points to discuss in the first session like the advising syllabus, the importance of understand their degree audit, and some of the other new information and tools we will have in place this semester.
Core Competencies of Advising and Advisor Self-Assessment Monday, October 8, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. – Main 224

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. – Main 224

Dr. Chris Lovett Have you have ever asked yourself, what does it take to be a good advisor for my student? If so, then this is the session for you!  This session will discuss the three core competencies – conceptual, informational, and relational – of academic advising which serve as the foundational elements for advisor development and practice.   The session will close with a self-assessment that will allow you to define your personal advising philosophy and reflect on your comfort level with each of the three core competencies.
Career Advising: Helping Your Advisee Research Jobs for the Major

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. – Main 224 Ms. Kristy Magee Students may be asking for resources on where they can work in their majors or how they can discover job titles within their career paths.  While the office of Career Development can help anytime, having advisor support is essential to success.  This session will cover recommended websites on how to research a career path.  It will also provide the advisor with goal-setting worksheets for career exploration and information on what to do if an advisee is no longer happy within their major.
Teamwork

 

Friday, November 11, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. – Main 224 Mr. Andy Witlock Participants will learn through experiential learning and activities about teamwork (related to Advising) and how to be an effective team member. Also everyone will demonstrate their communication, collaboration, and creativity in solving some challenges that each group will be faced with in various exercises.  This session will include some outdoor experiential learning (on-campus) or teambuilding activities.  Everyone is encouraged to bring athletic sneakers.
Proactive Advising Friday, September 17, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in Main 224 Ms. Jenna Weyandt Do you have at-risk students? Do you want to help students nip potential difficulties in the bud before they become larger issues? In this workshop, attendees will learn about the benefits of Proactive (“Intrusive”) advising and walk away with specific advising strategies including the development of advising meeting topics to lead to student success.
Initiating the “Back Up Plan” Conversation Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in Main 224 Ms. Jenna Weyandt This is especially useful for advisors in health-care majors, but open to all. Learn how the 2017 MAAPP Program collaborated with Career Development to utilize career exploration software to help students come up with a “Plan B major.” Content of this workshop will include how and when to have these conversations and practical ideas for follow-up.

 

 

Explore the Center for Student Success Offices Below!


Students on campus in the summer