Academic excellence, dedicated faculty and a coordinated advising plan are keys to success through Project EXCEL.
The keys to academic success for Project EXCEL students are the excellence of the academic programs, the faculty at the Mount, and the coordinated advising plan which is an integral element of the EXCEL program. Career exploration and guidance, service learning opportunities coordinated with academic courses, and professional development in preparation for participating in cooperative education are all available through the Mount's Career and Experiential Education Center.
The following program elements support student growth:
Our professional tutors have experience tutoring post-secondary students with special learning needs. They provide academic tutoring related to each student’s course of studies.
Regular monitoring of performance and progress provides important academic support for Project EXCEL students. Instructors complete progress reports for every student during the 5th week of the semester. Progress reports may be sent again during the 10th week of the semester if beneficial.
The Project EXCEL staff may also develop a plan of action results, if necessary, through a collaboration involving Project EXCEL administration, student, tutor, and instructor.
Organization & Time Management Skills
All freshmen participants attend weekly individual time management and organization sessions with Project EXCEL staff. These sessions focus on goal setting, prioritizing, organization, and study techniques. Schedules, calendars and a number of time management tools are discussed and used.
The Writing Lab is a remedial lab for students participating in the EXCEL program who have a weakness in written language. The Writing Lab offers remedial instruction as well as academic support to students who need assistance with the writing process. Remediation is combined with specific class assignments. The role of the Writing Lab tutors is that of facilitator, rather than editor.
Students first works with an academic tutor to understand the subject matter and then proceed to the Writing Lab.
Writing tutors build on students’ writing skill strengths. The tutors diagnose particular writing problems and explain concepts or rules that correct the problems. When working on a particular assignment, a student learns how to edit his own paper. The student looks for content, organization, logic, and major grammatical flaws within the paper.
Students have the opportunity to learn about and incorporate technology into their academic toolboxes. Project EXCEL houses cutting edge innovations including Dragon Naturally Speaking (a dictation software program that allows students to dictate their papers instead of typing them) and Kurzweil, computer software that reads scanned texts out loud to promote better comprehension of reading material. Instruction in using these technologies is available.