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Foundations: Developing Your College Experience

The Foundations experience is a ten-week intensive program designed for individuals who have been conditionally admitted to Green Mountain College. This program supports the transition of new students into Green Mountain College by introducing them to the academic culture of the campus, while helping them develop college-level study and critical thinking skills. In addition, this program is designed to build a support system at the college, made up both of other students and program personnel. During this course, students will work through three modules: Designing Your College Experience, Laying the Groundwork for Academic Writing, and Building a Final Project.

This program offers a blend of academic and community information that will help students build their own college experience. This program meets for one hour once a week for ten weeks. Students are expected to participate in fieldwork and attend class, which include small group activities, guest speakers, discussions of course readings, and regular assignments. Here are some of the topics covered in the course:

  • Blueprints of Foundations: An Introduction to the Program
  • Engaging in Academics
  • Engaging in the Campus Community
  • Paper Development: Research and Planning
  • Paper Development: Critical Components
  • Oh My Word! Get the Most Out of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Capturing Your Audience
  • From Blueprints to Construction: Final Projects

    In addition to class meetings, students will have the opportunity to meet individually with Learning Center staff to discuss academic progress, and to participate in social gatherings with other Foundations participants. Two optional services—academic coaching and peer-mentoring—are available to students at the beginning of the program. Students are strongly encouraged to participate.

    Academic Monitoring
    Student academic performance will be monitored by Learning Center staff in a variety of ways. Foundations participants will be contacted by the Learning Center staff to address any concerns that arise.

    Foundations participants must complete their first semester with a 1.7 or better GPA. Participants who do not meet this minimum GPA requirement may be asked to leave Green Mountain College at the end of their first semester. This decision will be based on consultation between the Director of Academic Support Services and the Academic Standards Committee.

    For more information, contact:

    Meaghan Bodemer
    Assistant Director
    Jose M. Calhoun Learning Center
    (802) 287-8812


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