Retention Initiative for Student Engagement
R.I.S.E. Academy is an academic enrichment program designed to help students become academically successful in their first year of college. Through participation in this intensive study skills program, students gain both the study skill set and confidence needed to tackle their classes and all the challenges that may come their way. Students work with staff from the Office of Academic Support, the Counseling Center, and the Learning Assistance Center who facilitate the program and are trained in the assessment and teaching of cognitive and non-cognitive skills.
Students who participate in the R.I.S.E. Academy better acclimate to the university and have shown to have more academic success than those who do not. Why? RISE helps students strengthen their study skills and much more. What RISE does best is to give students a learning community that provides support, encouragement, and camaraderie.
RISE Academy is open to ALL freshmen. However, it is mandatory for University College program students, freshmen students who are on Academic Probation, students who did not attend Cougar Start U orientation, and students who have failed one or more placement exams.
RISE Academy has two parts: study skills workshops and study labs (These sessions are mandatory for all R.I.S.E. students.)
Workshops: The workshop series consists of 12 weeks of workshops on study skills which focus on active learning, time management, note taking, research skills, test taking, and other topics needed for academic success.
Study Lab: The study lab provides a quiet and structured study environment. The lab takes place in the Cordell Reed Student Union Building, Room 180.
Graduate students in the Counseling Department and the Academic Specialist in the Office of Academic Support conduct the workshops.
Tutoring is provided by the trained tutors of the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) located on the 4th floor of the New Academic Library.