Academic Excellence Workshops are regularly held, weekly meetings (2 to 4 hours) to support excellence in foundation courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering, or other technical subjects. Participants engage in structured activities that develop communications skills of students, their ability to work with others, and their mastery of the content.
Participants develop the bonds that create an academic community among the participants and create self-directed learners.
- On-going training for facilitators in group facilitating and learning.
- Students practice collaborative learning techniques (i.e., are NOT tutored or lectured) on challenging problems in the content area.
- Facilitators give students knowledge about the educational and technical culture and the transitions required for a successful adjustment from high school/community college.
- Students are guided to create peer support groups that meet outside of and in addition to the workshop.