Spotlight on Student Success #4 – February 18, 2015

Middlesex County College’s Student Success Poster Contest

In the Student Success course at Middlesex County College, students are taught how to find, evaluate, read and use scholarly sources. Integrating the use of peer-reviewed research on student success topics into the course addresses content while also providing students with much-needed support in developing their reading, critical thinking and information literacy skills. To assist students with this challenging task, students are provided with extensive support including narrated “walk-throughs” of peer reviewed research articles. This rigorous yet supportive approach assists students with achieving at high levels.

To support this, Dr. Christine Harrington took some of the royalties from her textbook, “Student Success in College: Doing What Works!” and established a scholarship. She invited those taking Student Success 101 classes to create posters summarizing research findings from a peer-reviewed journal article. The three winners were honored at a ceremony in December. From left: Dr. Harrington; Nicole Viveiros, the first-place winner whose poster was on the relationship between healthy habits and academic performance; Professor Patricia Moran; Patricia Salgado, the second place winner whose poster was on migrant farm workers; and College President Joann La Perla-Morales. Not pictured: third place winner Melissa Romero, whose poster was on post-secondary education for those recovering from addiction. Professor Moran taught Ms. Salgago’s and Ms. Romero’s Student Success class. Ms. Viveiros was awarded $1,500; Ms. Salgado, $1,000; and Ms. Romero, $800.

The Student Success Poster Contest is an opportunity for first-year students to apply skills learned. This contest involves finding an original study on a student success topic and summarizing it in a poster format. In addition to providing an overview of the study, students must also identify the value of this information for college students. ‪This approach was highlighted by the National Resource Center on the First Year Experience.

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