September 11, 2018 – Every year the Barton Office of Student Success looks for new ways to improve academic performance on campus, and this year is all about “becoming bold.”

This fall program will include any resources and events to learn about bold community, academics, engagement and careers.

Each of the segments have different activities for freshmen, sophomores, junior and seniors. Additionally, they all have the purpose to facilitate student involvement and make the Barton experience exciting.

According to Blythe Taylor, director for academic support, the becoming bold theme was selected because “it aligns well with Barton’s mission and with the experience that we hope Barton students will claim while they are here.”

Angie Walston, assistant dean of student success, Jacqueline Fischer, director of international and transfer student programs, and Taylor make up the Office of Student Success. Therefore, they work together as a team to develop the program.

“While we hope to reach all of our Barton Students,” said Taylor, “the academic angle of our services is designed specifically for students who aim to improve academically.”

The activities that focus on academic performance include Smarthinking Online tutoring, Peer Tutoring, Oral Communication Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Success Coaching.

Most of the tutoring options is staffed by students who have earned at least an A- in the class that they tutor and who have a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or better.

These are paid students who have been trained and are either working toward or have achieved certification as a College Reading and Learning Association tutor.

On the other hand, the program provides a special focus on transfer students called the “Transformation Series,” which integrates the new Bulldogs into activities that happen on campus.

Among them, transfers can find programs that can help on how to find your place at Barton, avoid “transfer shock,” connect with your advisor and prepare for registration.

For more information about the fall program, you can make an appointment at the Office of Student Success located in the Willis N. Hackney Library.

By Vanessa Sanoja