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Center for Student Success

Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Writers’ Studio: Goal Statement

The Center’s integrated writing support service, the Writers' Studio, is committed to helping SUNY New Paltz students develop effective writing skills in support of academic, professional, and personal development. Through strengths-based, goal-directed sessions, students will work collaboratively with a peer writing consultant on academic writing projects from across the curriculum.   The Writers’ Studio will provide guidance, practice, and encouragement at any stage of the writing process to foster student independence and self-efficacy for college and career.

  • Provide an inclusive, encouraging environment that empowers students to engage in self-directed learning.
  • Assist students in learning to employ successful writing strategies at any stage of the writing process.
  • Support interdisciplinary methods of thinking, writing, and researching.
  • Affirm the value of strong written communication skills for college and career.
  • Ensure the continued growth and development of peer writing consultants as academic mentors and peer leaders. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Writers will:

  • Express a greater understanding of writing as a process and a means of effective academic, professional, and personal communication.
  • Devise and implement plans for their writing assignments, allowing time for pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing.
  • With support, self-monitor and analyze their own writing development by articulating personal goals for their writing.
  • Identify key writing strategies to apply to current and future assignments.
  • Independently navigate and employ resources to support college-level academic writing.
  • Display increased confidence in their written and verbal communication skills.

Peer Writing Consultants will also:

  • Employ Socratic questioning and active learning strategies to facilitate peer learning.
  • Examine how their experience as a peer leader interrelates with their liberal arts education, future career, and personal development through written, individual, and group reflection.

Holistic Academic Success Programs: Goal Statement

The goal of the Center’s holistic academic success programs is to prepare students for lifelong learning by empowering them to develop and implement sound learning strategies that promote their academic, professional, and personal development. While the primary focus of the programs is the successful transition of first-year and first-semester transfer students to the university’s academic life, the Center’s services are available to all SUNY New Paltz students. The Center’s holistic academic success programs support the mission of the Center by promoting student learning, academic engagement, and timely degree completion.

Student Learning Outcomes

Area 1: Identify areas of need

Students will examine the value of and assume ownership of their education and personal development.

  1. Articulate academic, professional and personal goals.
  2. Gain greater self-awareness of personal talents, interests, values, and learning styles.
  3. Understand academic policies, procedures and requirements for completing the academic program.
  4. Become aware of educational and professional options and how they align or “fit” with personal attributes.
  5. Explore and evaluate opportunities to maximize the college experience.

Area 2: Demonstrate understanding of existing resources available to support their success

Students will be able to identify and appropriately utilize campus resources designed to promote their learning and development, personally, professionally and academically.

  1. Gain a greater understanding of the various campus resources available to SUNY New Paltz students and identify the campus resources most critical to supporting their success.
  2. With the support of their student success coach and/or academic advisor, develop a long-range educational plan.
  3. Self-monitor and critically evaluate their educational progress toward, and personal commitment to, their initially chosen educational and/or professional goal.
  4. Understand academic policies, procedures and requirements for completing the academic program.
  5. Appreciate the meaning, purpose, and value of the liberal arts and general education.

Area 3: Develop skills to achieve success

Students will identify and apply strategies to study effectively, manage time and priorities.

  1. Demonstrate academic engagement through regular attendance and participation in their courses.
  2. Develop improved study, time-management, and goal setting skills, to support individual educational goals and the need to become independent learners.
  3. Achieve improved competency in writing, note-taking, active reading, critical thinking and reasoning skills so as to master college level work.
  4. Work with a student success coach, or similarly equipped professional staff member when appropriate, to identify behaviors that impede success.