David L. Strickland, Director of Student Success and Professor of Sociology at East Georgia State College, presented two papers at the 27th Annual Teaching Academic Survival and Success Skills (TASS) Conference March 19-23, 2016 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. His papers were very well received. The TASS Conference is a forum for faculty, staff, student support personnel, administrators and others who help under-prepared students succeed in college and beyond.
His presentation “Assessments of an FYE Program and Course Examining Attitudes, Behaviors, and Retention” described two types of assessments which were employed to measure outcomes related to student attitudes, behaviors, and retention. The retention study was longitudinal and compared seven years of retention data prior to the establishment of the FYE course with seven years of retention data when the mandatory course was in force. Retention rates were improved as much as 15% higher for students who had the course. In addition the presentation described the findings of a micro level study was conducted using pre and post survey data to measure changes in student dispositions for six variables. For his second presentation, “Teaching Techniques for a First-Year Experience Course,” Strickland described and demonstrated a dozen teaching techniques that have proven positive results with EGSC students enrolled in the Student Success course.
Strickland has served for over 20 years at EGSC as a professor in Sociology. Strickland is also co-author of a nationally used textbook directed at first years students and programs: College Success, A Concise Practical Guide.