New Orientation Program Sets the Stage for Student Academic Success at Peirce College

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New Orientation Program Sets the Stage for Student Academic Success at Peirce College

Philadelphia, PA - September 8, 2011 - Peirce College has introduced a "Student Success Seminar" to help students adapt to the requirements and rigors of college life. The three-credit, seven week course – which can be taken on campus or online – is a complete orientation to college culture for all new, returning, or transfer students with fewer than 15 college-level credits.

While most institutions of higher education have a freshman program to ease the transition and prepare students for college life, Peirce College's program takes it to the next level.

"At Peirce, we take it one step further by requiring all of our students to complete - and pass - an orientation course within their first 14 weeks of study," said Juanita Wooten, Program Manager for Peirce Student Services. "We want our students to be armed with the skills and resources needed to achieve academic, career, and personal success."

An essential feature of the Peirce program is the learning assessment, which helps a student understand how they learn.

"Understanding how a student learns can help that student be successful academically," Wooten said. "Whether you are an adult learner returning to school after a long break, a traditional age student who is coming to college straight from high school, or anywhere in between, getting a proper orientation to college life is an important step."

"The assessment personalizes the learning process for our students and is one of the reasons why Peirce stands out as an institution for students who need a supportive environment. It is important for all students, especially those working adults who need additional support as they balance job, family and education," states Peirce Dean of Students Rita Toliver-Roberts.

Emphasizing the professional component of the Student Success Seminar, Wooten pointed out that learning how education and a career connect is vital for the student. "We work with them to develop a student success plan, which shows how to better utilize resources and connect education to career success. It includes the importance of networking and getting involved in professional associations," Wooten said. "Our goal is to help students transition to college, set them up for success, and ensure they feel ready to come back semester after semester."

Peirce's Student Success Seminar also includes the usual ingredients found in orientation programs, such as establishing good study habits, note-taking tips, time management strategies, research techniques, computer skills, and critical thinking skills, and an introduction to College resources and support services, including financial aid, career development services, navigating the online and on campus classroom experience.

About Peirce College

Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults, many of whom work full time and are raising families. In response to the changing demands of the economy and the prospect for future jobs in the Philadelphia market, Peirce recently introduced degree programs in Human Resource Management and Accounting. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredits the College's Business Administration program and the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.

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