As high school seniors and their parents start preparing for college this summer and fall, it’s not too early to establish a college success strategy plan — which will increase the likelihood of graduation, says a Winston-Salem State University faculty member who has written a book offering tips for college success.

Dr. David Mount

Dr. David Mount

In this current economic climate, a college education has become more important.  Add to that, federal funding limitations that now restrict the number of semesters one can attend college and the likelihood of progressing through college requires specific preparation and drive more than ever, according to Dr. David Mount, WSSU adjunct professor of behavioral sciences and author of the book Waking Up in College.

“More than anytime in modern history, students must be focused and driven about what they want out of college,” says Mount. “Hundreds of thousands of students are failing to graduate college each year due to poor decision making because they are not prepared.”

Mount recommends five tips for college success:

1. Find a mentor.

Find someone who had a good college experience and who also understands higher education and how to navigate around challenges that will happen at any college.  Make that person a personal advisor to give advice on a gamut of subjects from roommate issues and living in dorms, the sequence of courses to take and when to seek tutoring.  Speak with them often.   “Think of this person as a coach,” noted Mount.  “It’s absurd to think of winning an athletic competition without a coach or entering your first game before getting coached, similarly you need a mentor before you enter college.”

2.Know that College is not the 13th Grade.

Unlike high school, no one is there to parent you or tell you what to do next.  Expect to be challenged and learn how to cope with challenges.  Take responsibility for being successful.  Focus and concentrate on your studies. Develop exam taking strategies. Make sure your professors know your name.  Go to class and do assignments on time.   Monitor your own progress and take appropriate action.

3. Know where to get help, advising and college success resources.

Colleges have resources to help students with academics, writing, career counseling and even psychology/life challenge counseling.  Know where those services are being offered. Go meet the people in those offices. Also, don’t underestimate the power of faculty office hours.

4. Get to know faculty, staff and administration.

Students should set a goal to meet and develop a rapport with their instructors, other faculty, staff and an administrator or two.   Faculty will likely help students better understand courses and administrators can help students better understand how to navigate through campus obstacles.  Staff members who are in the field of a student’s major also may have knowledge about internships that may be helpful.

5. Make good decisions, then be patient.

Manage time wisely, maintain discipline in your living and learning development and be patient.  Things will fall into place. “After all, college is a place where one is expected to change study habits, reduce extracurricular activities, deal with the vulnerability of not performing well in courses – all while others are placing upon them new expectations.

Dr. Jamie Slater

Dr. Jamie Slater

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has hired Dr. Jamie B. Slater to be assistant provost for institutional effectiveness, assessment and sponsored research.

“Dr. Slater has the combination of education, skills and experience that will certainly support the university’s efforts to measure our success in the areas of student learning and to ensure that we are using our human and fiscal resources effectively and efficiently,” said Dr. Brenda Allen, provost.  “She has been a tenured professor and has spent the past 14 years directing the offices of institutional research and assessment at three institutions.  We are just delighted that she is joining our staff and know she will have a positive influence on our goals and objectives.”

The assistant provost for institutional effectiveness, assessment and sponsored research is responsible for a variety of university-wide assessment projects and supports faculty and staff training in the use of assessment measures.  The position also coordinates academic program reviews and is responsible for reporting data to government agencies, as well as coordinating research necessary to support institutional planning and decision-making.  The assistant provost serves as the university liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and provides leadership for all accreditation-related activities.

Slater had served as director of institutional research and assessment at Queens University in Charlotte since 2008.  There she led Queen’s reaffirmation of accreditation and developed processes to strengthen the role of assessment in strategic planning.  Previously, she served as director of organizational research and assessment at Central Michigan University and as director of institutional and community research at Lake Michigan College.

Slater spent 10 years as an assistant professor, instructor and lecturer in the department of business and economics at Manchester College.  She then moved to Indiana Wesleyan University where she was assistant dean for academic services and assistant director for curriculum.

She also served as chair of the graduate studies in business for the division of extended studies at Indiana Institute of Technology.

A graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. degree in marketing, Slater earned her master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and her doctorate of education in educational administration from Ball State University.

Aaron Singleton, Winston-Salem State University director of news and media relations, recently presented Dr. Michael F. Adams, president of the University of Georgia, with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Chief Executive Leadership Award in Atlanta, GA.   The award, one of the CASE III’s most prestigious honors, recognizes annually an outstanding president, chancellor, headmaster or system head of a CASE III member institution.  Singleton served as chair of the award selection committee.

Aaron Singleton, Winston-Salem State University director of news and media relations, recently presented Dr. Michael F. Adams, president of the University of Georgia, with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III Chief Executive Leadership Award in Atlanta, GA. The award, one of the CASE III’s most prestigious honors, recognizes annually an outstanding president, chancellor, headmaster or system head of a CASE III member institution. Singleton served as chair of the award selection committee.

A January 18th resolution make its clear that UNC faculty members want more control in determining curriculum for the system in the new strategic plan. The resolution has the backingbof more than half of the sytems’s institutions. Learn more here.

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has announced three staff changes within the Office of the Registrar.

Carmen Wigfall

Carmen Wigfall

Carmen Wigfall has been named associate registrar, Andrial M. Nwaugha has been named graduation services manage, and Travis J. Mills will serve as graduation services assistant according to Sharon Stoddard, University Registrar.

Wigfall joined WSSU in 2007 as a computer support consultant in the Office of the Provost.  She also has served as a staff member in the Office of the Registrar and as a technology support analyst.  For the past two years, she also has been a member of the Process Improvement, Reporting and Analysis Department in addition to her other duties and served as interim associate registrar for five months.  Prior to WSSU, she was a programmer/analyst with International Textile Group, Inc. in Greensboro for 11 years.  She earned an MBA from WSSU and holds a B.S. in Office Administration from Indiana State University.

Andrial Nwaugha

Andrial Nwaugha

Nwaugha has over 13 years of experience in higher education having spent six years as scholarship coordinator/default prevention specialist with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts prior to joining WSSU in 2005.  At WSSU, she has served as institutional scholarship coordinator, lead transcript articulation specialist and interim graduation services specialist.  Nwaugha completed a B.S. in management information systems while employed at WSSU and earned an MBA in management from Strayer University.

Mills joined WSSU in September 2012.  A retired Army veteran with extensive military training in leadership development and management, he served overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in Chicago.  Mills is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at WSSU.  He is a graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science and a licensed funeral director.  He is also an ordained minister and serves on the ministerial staff of Dreamland Park Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.

Travis Mills

Travis Mills

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