Student Support Services

Student Support Services

Student Support Services is a federally funded Title IV program which provides personal and academic counseling for eligible first-generation, low income students. Student Support Services has developed programs and services to enhance the freshman and sophomore year experience and to motivate students to successfully complete all course work. The program offers one-on-one academic counseling as well as supplemental instruction and peer tutoring in various subjects including English, mathematics and reading. Other services available through this office include cultural and recreational activities. Program activities are coordinated by the program director, counselor, supplemental instructors and peer tutors.

Academic Advising

An interdisciplinary faculty provide academic advising to students in the Division. Each advisor is assigned a number of advisees who receive assistance in registering in appropriate general education courses and whose academic progress is monitored to ensure completion of general education requirements prior to exiting the Division of General Studies.

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Personal & Career Counseling

A professional counselor is available to help participants understand and cope with the challenges students face in college. Our philosophy is that counseling should be conducted in three tiers: developmental, remedial, and preventive.

The developmental function enhances student development and facilitates optimal use of Morris College's physical, fiscal, and human resources. We encourage our participants to positively assess themselves and realistically deal with the results. They are taught that intellectual development is personal, and that they must make career choices that are appropriate for their specific situation. We reinforce the idea that only they can set limitations and boundaries that define their success.

Remedial counseling addresses students' problems. Personal adjustments and adaptation is the framework of a successful stay in a college or university. In settings of group and individual sessions, we address current or historic family situations, social-economics, personal relationships, student-professor relationships, and other stressors that may influence or impede academic progress.

Our preventive phase is the process of counseling in ways that anticipate and eliminate or reduce the impact of the day to day stress factors through various intervention strategies, i.e. workshops, symposiums, mentoring, etc. In other words, we help students make the transition to college by trying to resolve problems that may hinder their academic success.

Participants may contact our counselor between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday in room #101 of the Brawley-Starks Building or call extensions 3187 or 3188 for an appointment.

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Workshop & Cultural Enrichment

Throughout the academic year, workshops are facilitated by our professional staff to enhance the academic and personal growth of students in the program. These workshops include: financial aid, positive motivation, social skills, test taking, writing skill building, conflict resolution, goal setting, and communication, etc.

Cultural enrichment trips and other activities are planned each semester to expose participants to the fine arts and broaden the students' experiences. Trips include theatrical and musical productions, museums, and other events and/or exhibitions.

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Professional & Peer Tutoring

We in Student Support Services believe that consistency in performing academic work is the most important ingredient in students' success. Our professional supplemental instructors provide professional and personalized tutorial and instructional services. Help is available in every phase of mathematics and language arts. Sessions are available one-on-one and are designed specially for the student who may need or desire that little extra punch to get him/her into the next round. We help to clarify concepts from the classrooms, support out of class work efforts, improve study habits, and provide the individual attention that our students need for academic success.

A number of terms, including partner learning and peer teaching have been used to describe this concept of learning. In Morris College Student Services, we prefer to use the term, "Peer Tutoring." Peer tutoring is when our participants learn by using other students as education coaches. The peer tutor work and study alongside the participant in one-on-one situations helping them to grasp the subject matter. Each of our peer tutors has been well recommended by experienced faculty members, carefully selected by the Student Support Services director and approved by the president of the institution. This select group of Morris College students has demonstrated academic excellence and provides help with the following: understanding course content, preparing for exams, and managing study time.

Tutorial Services are provided to students daily on an "as needed" basis in a variety of education classes including mathematics, sciences, fine arts, reading, history, foreign languages and English.

Participants may come by the office of Student Support Services between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. We are located in room 214 of the Brawley-Starks Building or may call extension 3188 for appointments.

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Student Support Services Program

Student Support Services, a federally-funded, student oriented program, provides services to 200 low income, first generation college students each year. The program is designed with a proven strategy to enhance retention, persistence and achievement of first and second year students.

Each staff member has a personal interest in our students. Our goal is to provide the very best in academic, personal, social, and cultural educational services available anywhere. We are located in the historic Brawley-Starks Building.

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Textbook Loans

Student Support Services maintains a textbook loaning library for participants. Textbooks are available for general education courses and are issued at the beginning of each semester on first come, first served basis.

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