Magazine article University Business

Northwood University: Educational Success Program

Magazine article University Business

Northwood University: Educational Success Program

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Admitting one needs a summer bridge program to ease the transition from high school to college is not typically a point of pride. But incoming students who participate in the Educational Success Program (ESP) at Northwood University in Michigan walk across campus with their heads held high, says Kristin Stehouwer, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief academic officer. "Our students are absolutely proud of it. It's something that's part of their identity here."

ESP is a 12-day immersion for incoming Northwood students who have been admitted on a probationary basis. Living on campus, they take developmental mathematics and English classes and engage in a variety of co-curricular activities that help them adjust to college life, meet academic expectations, and acclimate themselves to their new campus and community. Peer mentors--many of them prior ESP participants--live in residence halls with the incoming students to support them throughout their first year at Northwood.

"The mentors are part of that 'special sauce' in terms of what makes this such an effective program," says Stehouwer. …

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