PROGRAM GOALS & BENEFITS
The Nease Institute includes several components that have been proven to boost students’ preparation and outcomes.
Any qualified student who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and/or working, can receive assistance at MVNU as provided in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and in the applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Accessibility Services Office serves as the campus contact for any disability-related needs that students may have. Below is a brief overview of Accessibility Services.
A qualified student is defined as an individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, meets the requisite academic and technical standards required for admission or participation in educational programs and activities.
The Office of Accessibility Services’ mission is to facilitate equal access to all institutional opportunities for students who self-disclose documented disabilities and to foster a campus environment that is accessible, inclusive, and regulatorily compliant.
“Because of Nease I feel well prepared for the semester to start and because of Nease I found friends who I hope to keep in my life forever. I am so happy I had the chance to be a part of this program.”2020 Nease Scholar
DEVELOP ACADEMIC PREPAREDNESS
CSS-1001 College Success Strategies (1 Credit)
Students participating in the Nease Institute learn key strategies for starting strong and succeeding at MVNU. Nease Scholars complete the CSS-1001 College Success Strategies course covering college writing and communication. The course also introduces students to topics that build academic preparedness and college success, such as: reading strategies, study strategies, time management, financial literacy, and wellbeing.
Completion of the 1-credit CSS-1001 College Success Strategies course enables most students to later take the 2-credit HUM-1012 course instead of the 3-credit HUM-1013.
ENHANCE ENGAGEMENT AND CONNECTION
Academic Peer Mentors
Hired and trained by the Center for Student Success, these upper-class students serve as student leaders, providing mentorship and encouragement for Nease Scholars, during the eight days of the summer bridge program. Academic Peer Mentors are also available throughout the first year of college. Our mentors provide peer support and perspective on how to succeed academically and to adjust to college life. Former scholars say these relationships are significant early connections that make them feel more comfortable and confident on campus at the start of their first year.
CONNECT TO MVNU COMMUNITY
The MVNU community strives to help all students succeed academically, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically. As the University mission states, MVNU “exists to shape lives through educating the whole person ...” Over the course of the 8-day summer bridge program, the Nease Institute includes intentional encounters and activities with the resources and people of MVNU, including school deans, faculty, staff, student services, campus spaces, and other students. By the end of the Nease Institute, students are familiar with campus resources and personnel. This knowledge and confidence have been cited by past Nease Scholars as a valuable part of the bridge program.
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