2015 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium



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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Barton Price

Sponsor Department/Program

Center for Academic Success and Achievement

Student Department/Program

Department of Professional Studies

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne


This research project is a review of current literature that highlights the potential effectiveness of academic success courses as a requisite for increasing student academic success in higher learning institutions. Through an evaluation of previous case studies, this project focuses on the correlation between efficacy and academic performance as outcomes of success skills courses. First year college students who are academically under-prepared and who register for high-risk general education courses often experience academic frustrations and failure which puts them at a high risk of withdrawals or a decreased rate of graduation from institutions of higher learning. Institutions that have implemented support services have used success courses to equip first-year college students with skills that include time-management, note-taking and test taking strategies, reading, writing, proper citations, critical thinking, and plagiarism. Recent results from studied literature on academic success courses indicate that student participants have self-reported an increase in efficacy and performance. This study aims to highlight the correlation between academic performances and self-efficacy as an outcome of success courses, and the theoretical foundations of the delivery, design and assessment for such courses in higher learning institutions.


Education | Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Academic Success Courses in Higher Learning Institutions