Link2Success (L2S) is an embedded academic support model that encourages active learning in a structured manner and involves mandatory attendance for all students below a predetermined cutoff.
Unlike tutoring, L2S targets courses rather than students.
L2S workshops are strategically paired with courses that have historically high failure and high student withdrawal rates. These courses include gateway courses and courses offered in a sequence. Therefore, L2S is available to all students from freshmen to seniors.
The workshops offer students study strategies, background information and practice time vital to academic success and can be designed with flexibility to allow for need. For example, freshmen level courses and the first course of a sequence may have more of an emphasis on building background knowledge and study strategies while upper division or subsequent courses in a sequence may focus more on content and depth of knowledge.
On average, L2S workshops offer three hours of extra course content-specific, directed study as well as study strategies. L2S provides students additional time and a unique opportunity to process material, enhance their skills and collaborate with other students.
Course sections offering L2S have an attendance policy. Typically, this policy involves all students being required to attend L2S workshops until the first major assessment. After the first major assessment, students with strong grades are allowed to discontinue their attendance as long as they maintain a high course average. Students with low passing scores and failing scores are required to attend until they obtain an acceptable passing average (as determined by the professor).
Statistics at Ferris State University (where the program was developed) demonstrate that since 1993 nearly two-thirds of SLA) sections had higher pass rates than non- SLA sections, with an average of 10.8%.
L2S Instructional Specialist
The L2S Instructional Specialist is responsible for coaching, mentoring, observing, and evaluating L2S Assistant Coordinators to help them improve their responsibilities. The Instructional Specialist is also responsible for ensuring all data collection and submitting periodic and final reports to the Learning Enrichment Director/s.
The L2S Coordinator develops and provides training and mentoring for L2S leaders, models and encourages collaborative study strategies, assists L2S leaders in targeted subject areas via individual or group training and mentoring, develops and hosts workshops and presentations as needed. In addition to working directly with the L2S leaders, the L2S Coordinator is responsible for providing regular oversight of data input by L2S leaders, observing L2S sessions, collecting data, as well as preparing intermediate and final reports.
Throughout the semester, an L2S Coordinator is expected to observe each L2S leader at least three times. Each visit accomplishes a different purpose.
Model and encourage collaborative study strategies, assist students in targeted subject areas via individual or group tutoring, develop and host workshops, attend all training sessions, attend lectures, develop lesson plans, hold L2S sessions, communicate with instructor and L2S assistant leader, meet with L2S Coordinator weekly (for ongoing training, review of lesson plans, and mentoring), and input attendance data and session observation notes.
L2S Assistant Leader
Model and encourage
collaborative study strategies, assist students in targeted subject
areas via individual or group tutoring, develop and host workshops,
attend all training sessions, meet with L2S leader to review lesson plans, hold L2S sessions, meet with L2S Coordinator weekly (for ongoing training, review of lesson plans, and mentoring), input attendance data and session observation notes.