The first building block in the construction of a successful college experience. Studies show that millions of students entering college each year need assistance in meeting the academic and personal demands of a post-high school education. Cornerstone identifies and assists those students with courses and experiences that start them on the right path. The goal of Cornerstone is for every student to have a positive and productive college experience. Cornerstone starts you on the path to success.
Students are chosen for participation in Cornerstone based on a combination of factors indicating that additional assistance may be needed. Some, but not all of these factors include:
- Less than optimal high school grade point average
- Less than optimal SAT or ACT scores
- Previous college experience that was not as successful as possible
- Other indicators of weakness in academic and/or personal preparation for college
The associate deans in the Academic Affairs area and student affairs staff work together to evaluate all new students to determine which students would be most assisted by Cornerstone.
Students in Cornerstone have access to courses and services tailored directly to their needs. Staff and faculty participating in Cornerstone hone their skills to assist these students in the most effective ways possible. Cornerstone gives St. Andrews students whose applications indicate academic and/or personal needs a supported opportunity to succeed. Academic advisors, student affairs staff, and the academic associate deans will work together to guide students toward achieving academic success.
|SAGE 102||College Success||A half-semester course, usually completed in the first semester on campus, designed to introduce the student to college life and provide tools for self understanding, time management, effective study, test preparation, and familiarity with resources available. This course is taken by all students in Cornerstone, as well as any incoming students desiring additional assistance. This course is offered every Fall semester. Students successfully completing this course earn 1.5 hours of credit applicable to determination of full-time status, and housing, athletic, and financial aid eligibility. These hours count toward a student's total credits required for graduation.|
|WRT 100||Fundamentals of Writing||A full semester course that provides a review of basic writing skills, including sentence structure, mechanics and usage. Students will gain experience writing effective sentences and paragraphs and developing short essays. Students will be placed in this course based on a review of high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. Students successfully completing this course earn 3 hours of academic credit applicable to determination of full-time status, and housing, athletic, and financial aid eligibility. Students enrolled in Fundamentals of Writing will be required to earn a minimum of 123 hours for graduation.|
|MAT 102||Essential Mathematics||A full semester course providing a comprehensive study of mathematical skills. Its main objective is to provide a strong mathematical foundation for further study. Topics include: principles and applications of decimals, fractions, percents, ratios and proportions, order of operations, geometry, graphs, measurement, and elements of statistics. Upon completion students should be able to perform basic computations and solve real-world, multi-step mathematical problems using technology where appropriate. Placement based on SAT/ACT scores and high school background. Students successfully completing this course earn 3 hours of academic credit applicable to determination of full-time status, and housing, athletic, and financial aid eligibility. Students enrolled in Essential Mathematics will be required to earn a minimum of 123 hours for graduation.|
|Weekly study support||
Elizabeth Hernandez, M.A., Coordinator
|All first year students will participate in a prescribed number of of supervised study hall hours during their first semester on campus. Study halls will be supervised by faculty and staff specifically trained to assist students in areas of academic concern. Particular study hall sessions will be focused on specific timely academic issues, including: Preparing for the first science exam, writing the first laboratory reports, completing the first essays, reading complex academic texts, and preparing for an exam in mathematics.|
Jennifer Roberts, Director
|With attention to both academic and social adjustments required to be a successful college student, this office offers activities, workshops, and other opportunities for students in their first year of college to interact with others in the same position.|
|Center for Academic Success||
Elizabeth Hernandez, M.A., Director
|Located in Pate Hall on the residential side of the campus, the Center for Academic Success offers academic support services including seminars, academic mentoring, tutors in various subjects, assistive devices, and assistance in time management, study skills, reading comprehension, reading speed, and test preparation.|
Teresa Reynolds, Ed.D., Director
|Located in Pate Hall on the residential side of the campus, the Disability Services Office provides assistance to students with documented disabilities in the form of academic mentors, tutors, assistive devices, and other services as appropriate for a particular diagnosis. In addition, the Office of Disability Services reviews disability documentation and makes suggestions to faculty regarding reasonable accommodations that could assist the student in meeting her/his academic goals.|
|Offering services both face-to-face and online, the Writing Center provides students the opportunity to receive assistance with written assignments and papers. Assistance is offered by both staff members trained in this work, and students learning similar skills.|