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This is the 7th year the TAP program has been institutionally funded.

Webster Welcomes Students in Summer TAP Program July 18-27

July 16, 2018

The Academic Resource Center and academic partners throughout campus are gearing up for the Summer TAP (Transitions and Academic Prep) program to be held July 18-27, 2018. TAP is a free residential program for conditionally admitted Transitions students who are new to Webster. During the 10-day program, TAP students live on campus, take a two-credit college course, and participate in campus workshops and activities, including the faculty "lunch and learn," to help them transition to university life.

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Faculty and staff can explore the Inventory in the Student Success Portal.

New in Student Success Portal: Learn about Inventory now!

July 06, 2018

The Inventory, available beginning Friday, July 6, is a new feature available to faculty and staff users in the Student Success Portal, powered by Starfish. The Inventory is a listing of student success interventions, including at other Starfish partner institutions, that can be explored to provide additional support to students. Faculty and staff users can search the Inventory and share relevant information on services, programs and support with students.

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Incomplete Grades: Faculty guidance on usage, Starfish features

June 27, 2018

Courses ending Friday, June 29, must have grades posted by Friday, July 6. Do not submit an Incomplete as a student’s grade or leave a student’s grade as In Progress if the student has not attended class for several weeks and/or is missing most of the required work. Inaccurately using Incomplete grades or leaving In Progress grades posted can harm a student’s academic progress, course sequencing, persistence and graduation. See this post for more guidance.

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Click the link below for a full infographic on Writing Center usage.

Faculty Referrals Help Students Use Writing Center Resources

June 12, 2018

The Webster University community used the Academic Resource Center’s (ARC’s) Writing Center and Online Writing Center more than 2,000 times during the 2017-2018 academic year, with graduate students and undergraduate freshmen being the largest users, in part thanks to faculty recommendations about these services. The accompanying infographic highlights key usage statistics for the year.

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Student Success Portal Summer Early Term Progress Surveys launch June 15 with updates

June 11, 2018

The Summer Early Term Progress Survey will launch via the Student Success Portal on Friday, June 15, 2018. This survey will be distributed to most graduate and undergraduate Summer U.S. on-ground and online courses and will be available for faculty to complete during a 10-day window that will close on Monday, June 25, 2018. Courses not surveyed are running in non-standard terms and have already completed or will not yet have started by the time of the survey window.

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Carolyn Brown

Brown Named to New ARC Assistant Director Role

June 01, 2018

Carolyn I. Brown has accepted the position of assistant director in the Academic Resource Center (ARC). She will officially begin this role on June 16, 2018, and has been filling most of the relevant responsibilities since late December 2017. The assistant director position is designed to consolidate all ARC integrity programs in one role.

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Incomplete grades: Guidance on when to use them and why, new Starfish features

May 08, 2018

Do you have a student who has not attended class for several weeks? Do you have a student who is missing most of the required work? If so, do not submit an Incomplete as the student’s grade or leave the student’s grade as "In Progress." Instead, submit the appropriate earned grade for the student. If the student contacts you to discuss the grade and you want to offer opportunities for the student to successfully complete the course, you still have options.

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Student Success Team members will answer your questions about the portal.

Excitement Builds Around Student Success Portal

May 04, 2018

Faculty, professional staff, and even students have been expressing excitement about Starfish, the Student Success Portal. Feedback has focused on a number of areas, including the accessibility of information that is needed for day-to-day operations that was previously more cumbersome to find. But the excitement extends beyond the accessibility of information to the ease of connecting students to the supports they need to be successful, the ability to access and share notes in one globally-accessible location, and the improvement of business practices.

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Student Success Team members will answer your questions about the portal.

Student Success Portal Open Office Hours

April 18, 2018

Have questions or ideas about the Student Success Portal, powered by Starfish? Want to walk through the process of adding filters to access specific information? Need help setting up your profile or clearing a flag? Want to learn how to set up online office hours to streamline appointment scheduling with students? Join members of the Student Success Team on Fridays any time between noon and 1:30 p.m. CDT for assistance.

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Congratulations to Freshman Writing Award Winner Cheyenne Davis and Honorable Mention Anna Rickard

Davis Wins Freshman Writing Award

April 18, 2018

Students, faculty, staff, and the administration celebrated outstanding student writers at the Freshman Writing Award ceremony and luncheon. The first-place winner was freshman Cheyenne Davis for her essay, “Webster Groves: A Community of Gardeners." Anna Rickard received honorable mention for her essay “Recovery and Resistance: An Analysis of Survivors’ Role in Remastering Trauma.” This year winners were awarded educational grants to be used for textbooks or any academic expense of their choice.

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The flag will alert students to register for Fall 2018 classes

Attention Undergraduate Advisors, Not Yet Registered System Flag to Launch April 20

April 09, 2018

On Friday, April 20, the Student Success Portal will disseminate a Not Yet Registered system flag for Webster Groves undergraduate students who have not yet registered for Fall 2018 classes by Thursday, April 19. When the flag launches, advisors for Webster Groves undergraduate students should expect to receive emails from the Student Success Portal.

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Use these tips from the ARC when preparing for finals

Best Practices for Students Regarding Preparing for Final Exams

April 05, 2018

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) understands how stressful preparing for finals can be—for faculty members as well as students! Finals can carry great weight and make a big difference in the overall grade. The ARC recommends the following tips to students preparing for final exams and encourages faculty members to share this information with their students.

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Grades must be posted by Dec. 31

New Processes for Incomplete Grades

March 08, 2018

As faculty members prepare to submit grades, we encourage faculty members and academic advisors to review the guidance regarding Incompletes and ensure that Incompletes are only being used in appropriate situations. Spring 1, 2018, grades are due Friday, March 16. Click through to review some new processes regarding incomplete grades.

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