Posts Tagged with “Academic Center for Excellence”

Reflection on NEWCA 2010 Conference in Boston

October 1st, 2010

Sam Grabelle, a writing specialist at the Academic Center for Excellence Writing Center at Bryant, offers her perspective on a session she attended at a recent Northeast Writing Centers Association conference in Boston.

"The most important and intriguing lesson I walked away with," she wrote, "is that working with a group on a writing project is a lot less about writing and a lot more about group process."

Scholar of successful high-school-to-college transitions offers advice for parents and students

July 21st, 2010

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Laurie L. Hazard, director of Bryant University's Academic Center for Excellence and a national expert on how high school students can make a successful transition to college, says the best way for high school seniors — high achievers and struggling students alike — to prepare to "make the change" to college freshman is simply by reading over the summer months.

Perhaps the biggest surprise students face when they start freshman classes "is that there's much more reading required in college," said Hazard, a psychology professor who studies and writes about student personality types and classroom success. "Parents can really help their college-bound son or daughter by encouraging them to increase their volume of reading over the summer, before classes begin," she said. "If your child is not a big reader, you should actively engage them and get them to read anything of interest to them."

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Colleges don’t like senior slump in high school

March 10th, 2010

A high school student's productive senior year will do more than impress college admissions offices. According to Laurie Hazard, director of Bryant's Academic Center for Excellence, keeping up reading and critical thinking skills can also improve the transition from 12th grade to college.

Hazard, an expert on the transition of high school students to college, was interviewed by the Associated Press for this article, which appeared in newspapers and on news sites throughout the United States.

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