GGC Engaging Students with "TLC"

Research shows that the more involved college students are at the school of their choice, the better their grades will be and the more likely they will be to graduate from that institution. Part of the mission at Georgia Gwinnett College is to provide an underlying support structure that travels with each student throughout his or her journey at the College.

Research shows that the more involved college students are at the school of their choice, the better their grades will be and the more likely they will be to graduate from that institution. Part of the mission at Georgia Gwinnett College is to provide an underlying support structure that travels with each student throughout his or her journey at the College.

“If you don’t engage students in the first few weeks of college life, you’re not going to retain them,” says Mary Greiss-Shipley, GGC’s director of student success programs. “That first year, it’s critical that we help them navigate college. If they don’t connect, they’ll lose interest, disengage and drop out."

”Once a student enrolls at GGC, he or she becomes part of an aggressive and integrated “student success” strategy known as “Tomorrow’s Learning Community.” TLC offers a number of proactive supports designed to help students plug in, explore, engage and excel.

Step One: SMART
Faculty members lead students through the advisement and registration process, making sure each student has a firm class schedule before classes begin each fall. This portion of TLC is known as SMART (Student Mentoring, Advising, Registration and Testing).

Step Two: TouchPoint
The new student orientation phase of TLC, known as “TouchPoint,” helps students make the transition into GGC by offering inspiring speeches from campus leaders, helpful insights about campus technology, a review of graduation requirements, opportunities to check out student clubs and social time with other students. There are also sessions on career, library and student support services, as well as meetings with faculty.

Step Three: Welcome and Transition
When classes start, all new students are required to take the First-Year Seminar as part of TLC. Here, they learn about helpful study skills and organization techniques, building relationships and participating in out-of-class projects, including service-learning endeavors in the Gwinnett community.

Step Four: Integration
The “Integration” stage of TLC offers activities that enable students to solidify the new relationships they’ve formed with faculty and peers while learning to think critically and explore new ideas. A student’s learning community will begin to expand beyond the GGC academic community.

“I have learned that my education is much more than a piece of paper that will make me more valuable,” says marketing major Chad Miller. “It’s something that will make be a better, more well-rounded and educated person. I have an opportunity at GGC to grow in every way - intellectually and socially.” Chad is just one of many students whose lives have proved that a little TLC from Georgia Gwinnett College goes a long way.

To learn more about TLC support at Georgia Gwinnett, visit www.ggc.usg.edu/TLC.

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