Living & Learning Support Programs
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A full suite of academic and social support programs.
Mitchell has been recognized as a national leader for its innovative academic support programs and inclusive learning environment for almost 40 years. Explore our entire suite of Living & Learning Support programs and Academic Support tools our students access to enhance success!
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Thames at Mitchell College
Thames at Mitchell College is a fee-based, holistic college on-ramp program for students with learning differences. Thames offers deep levels of support and preparation students need to succeed in college. Thames is fully residential, right on the campus of Mitchell College, which has been long-recognized for its innovative support for students with learning differences. This unique program offers a highly individualized learning environment and a strong social network that feels safe and supportive. Thames is for students who:
- Would like a year to learn strategies to succeed as a college student with learning differences
- Would benefit from personalized classes, focused curriculum and regular one-on-one advising with faculty
- Are excited about the prospect of college, but might want to get some practice before it “counts”
Bentsen Learning Center at Mitchell College
The Bentsen Learning Center (BLC) is a fee-based comprehensive academic support program for Mitchell College students with diagnosed learning differences and ADHD. Through strong collaborative relationships between students and individual Learning Specialists, the BLC focuses on goal setting, the teaching and application of learning strategies, and the use of assistive technologies for classroom learning and beyond.
The Mystic Program
Mystic is a fee-based program available to first-year Mitchell College students who are ready for college, but who would benefit from added residential support during their first year on campus. Mitchell students enrolled in Mystic:
- enroll in full-time Mitchell College classes
- have access to professional residential advisors who can provide in-depth support and communication with the cohort
- may concurrently apply for academic support through the Bentsen Learning Center
Academic Coaching for Empowerment (ACE)
Academic Coaching for Empowerment (ACE) is a fee-based, professional individualized coaching program designed to:
- identify obstacles that impact student success
- plan ways to eliminate those obstacles
- follow through on established plans
ACE is available to any Mitchell College student who may need support with setting priorities, staying organized and punctual or completing assignments on time.
Which students may benefit from Academic Coaching?
Students who have an interest in changing unproductive patterns and habits and who are willing to commit to the process are strong coaching candidates. For Academic Coaching to be effective, the decision to participate in the program must be the student’s.
What is a typical session like?
Sessions are student-driven. They begin with the students first considering the tasks they need to accomplish and then setting three short-term goals for the day. Providing structure, the coach asks guiding questions that help the student determine the best environment and methods for accomplishing those goals. In the next session, the student analyzes progress made. As the student and coach review task results, the student reflects on what led to reaching his/her goals as well as what might have prevented accomplishing a task. Students then consider how they might overcome any barriers when implementing their next set of goals. Throughout the process, the coach guides the student in accurately assessing and replacing ineffective daily planning habits while encouraging the student to be fully in control and responsible for work plans. Academic coaching does not involve judgment or criticism of the student; coaching emphasizes the positive.
A coaching session generally lasts five to ten minutes. The frequency of the sessions is determined by the student and coach for a maximum of sixty (60) minutes per week. Coaching sessions are usually conducted in person but may also include email and/ or phone check-in.
How long do students participate in Academic Coaching?
Students usually engage in the coaching process for a full semester although the duration may vary with each individual. At the end of the term, through an exit interview with the coach, students reflect on the process and progress made as well as discuss their thoughts on extending their participation in the program.
Fee: $840.00 per semester for Fall 2019/Spring 2020
Fee: $870.00 per semester for Fall 2020/Spring 2021
*Once the application has been received, supporting documentation will be required to be considered for this program.
First Year Experience
Included in Tuition
The First Year Experience (FYE) is a comprehensive program designed to help ease your transition to college as a first year Mitchell College student, set the foundation for your academic success and help you get connected to what is happening in and out of the classroom. Through FYE you will encounter our best faculty, staff and students working together to introduce you to a wide range of new and exciting academic and co-curricular initiatives. The FYE office is a great place to start with questions you might have about almost everything that goes on in your first year at Mitchell – from classes to the common read, from service opportunities to suggestions about what would make your experience even better.
The Tutoring Center
Included in Tuition
The Tutoring Center is available to all Mitchell students at no additional fee (limitations may apply) and staffed by professionals in their respective subjects. Tutor hours vary; make appointments via STARFISH at mitchell.edu/students.
The Writing Zone
Included in Tuition
The Writing Zone is a drop-in service staffed by writing instructors for Mitchell students to get help outlining, drafting, and revising essays. This is not the appropriate space to receive help in reading assigned work or understanding subject material.
Location: Duques Center 1st Floor
Fall 2019 Session I Hours (Drop-ins Only):
Mondays 9am-12pm and 1-6pm
Questions? Contact Meredith Adler, Assistant Director of FYE, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-701-5079.
Included in Tuition
The Mitchell College Office of Advising is a central part of the student success network, coordinating with departments campus-wide to offer a holistic approach in how we support and challenge our students. Each student will be connected to an advisor prior to starting their education at Mitchell and will remain with that advisor for their entire time at the College. Our team of advisors helps guide students in developing their academic and personal goals, while also assisting in their understanding of campus wide policies, procedures, and expectations.
Included in Tuition
In accordance with state and federal law, Mitchell College is committed to providing accommodations to eligible students and visitors with disabilities in order to ensure accessibility and equal opportunities to its programs, services, and activities. Accessibility Services, located in the Duques Center, facilitates reasonable accommodations for students who disclose a disability, meet the eligibility requirement and request accommodations through Accessibility Services.
Comprehensive skill and strategy support goes above and beyond what federal law requires. If you are interested in fee-based comprehensive academic support in addition to accommodations, please visit the Bentsen Learning Center at mitchell.edu/blc.
Jake April, '20
“I’ve had a lot of people in my life who told me I can’t do things. People had doubts about me living independently because I have cerebral palsy, but when I got to Thames, all of the teachers there helped me discover myself, my work ethic, and be the success I am today.”
The one-on-one academic support I received at Mitchell helped me succeed academically and graduate with honors.
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