Module Twelve
Identifying Students at Risk: Research and Best Practices

Identifying Students at Risk: Research and Best PracticesCenter for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk - CRESPAR is a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University and Howard University to study factors placing students at risk and developing educational interventions.

Texas Center for Student Access: The Institute for Public School Initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin provides resources for Texas public schools “to create effective targeted interventions and instructional acceleration in all content areas and grade levels.”

Texas Success Initiative – A state-legislated program designed to improve college success, the Texas Success Initiative has two components: (1) an assessment to diagnose students’ basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing; and (2) developmental instruction to strengthen academic skills that need improvement.

See also Module 12 Students at Risk Resources.

Best Practices

Orientation Publications –When students have completed an effective orientation, they have a better chance for academic success. Provided by NACADA, this site provides links to various orientation materials provided by universities and colleges.

Peer Advising Resources – The effectiveness of peer advising results in limiting the risk of incoming students. Provided by NACADA, this site identifies resources and provides links to peer advising programs in higher education.

Best Practices from Universities in Texas

Baylor University’s Paul L. Foster Success Center – Provides a challenging, invigorating, enriching, and supportive environment to foster deep engagement in the academic community.

Best Practice: Preparing for Finals Workshop – Helps students develop a study plan and study guide and determine areas of focus.

Laredo Community College Student Success Center – Provides services to help first-time college (FTC) and current students succeed.

Best Practice: Peer Mentor Program – Chooses students who have reflected academic expertise, trustworthiness, caring, and reliability to mentor students by sharing information about college life, teaching time-management skills, developing successful study habits, helping students find answers to college questions, and encouraging students to be involved in organizations.

Our Lady of the Lake University – Provides free tutorial assistance and mini-workshops to improve academic skills.

Best Practice: Project Student Excellence – Provides opportunities for academic development for first-generation college students, students with disabilities, or financially disadvantaged students.

San Jacinto College Student Success Center – Provides free tutoring; tutors are certified by the College Reading and Learning Association.

Best Practice: SmarThinking – An online partnership that provides free tutoring access 24/7.

University of Houston-Clear Lake Student Success Center – Provides tutoring, peer mentoring, supplemental instruction sessions, and stress relief.

Best Practice: Academic Support Referral – Upon receiving a notice from faculty, the Student Success Center contacts the student to arrange for academic assistance.

UT-Dallas Student Success Center - Facilitates learning through small group classrooms.

Best Practice: Success Coaching – A free service to UT Dallas students that provides a “personalized plan for studying, managing time, navigating the university, or just getting on the path to academic success.”

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