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In their own words...
"My time here has instilled within me a special kind of character, one that only comes as a result of a community geared toward opening your mind... not just filling your mind with more information."
- Blair Garnett, Class of '10, from NC

CORNERSTONE

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.

 

PARTICIPATION

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.

 

SUPPORT

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.

Courses

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.
     

Other Resources

Center for Academic Success
Megan Parlow, 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.
   
Disability Services
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.
   
Writing Center
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.

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