||Virtual University Initiative Offerings
||Student possesses a
knowledge of the college
financial aid, etc.
|The VUI's mock college application admissions
process, parent webinars, and local college tour
program addresses this important aspect of college
|College ready students have
practiced and are more
proficient in higher level
learning, and more easily
conform to this college level
expectation. College level
learning requires operation
beyond simple recall of facts.
The ability to demonstrate
and analysis of learned
material becomes increasingly
|By offering 4-week college level mini courses the VUI
provides opportunity for students to experience college
expectations. These courses are narrow in scope to
maximize practice of higher level learning. Emphasis is
placed on learning skill development. College credit is
not offered for these courses. This low stakes strategy
is specifically designed to emphasize skill development
and college readiness. The service learning
component associated with each course allows for a
more practical interaction with learned material as
students initiate projects that address community
||In one semester, college
students are often expected to
produce multiple expository,
descriptive, and/or persuasive
writing products that are well
supported and researched.
Oftentimes, high school
students have not had
sufficient opportunity to hone
their writing and research
skills sufficient to the level
required for college success.
|Not only do the VUI mini courses include writing
assignments, there is at least one course that
specifically addresses rhetoric and effective persuasive
and descriptive writing. Further, the VUI website
includes an Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) that links
to customized video presentations on the writing
process. The website also includes a Research
Assistant component that provides important research
and citation tips.
|Self-monitoring refers to
students' ability to assess their
own level of understanding
and mastery of a subject.
Students proficient in self
monitoring are able to select or
change learning strategies
when faced with difficulties,
transfer or modify successful
strategies, and identify
learning difficulties early.
Certainly study skills go well
beyond simply completing
readings and assignments.
Important study skills include
time management, instructor
styles alignment, and other
|The extracurricular nature and narrow focus of the
academic components of the VUI provide students
opportunity to assess their level of understanding of the
subject matter. Further, following each course students
participate in a service learning component designed to
apply course content to address a community problem
or issue. Students therefore have enhanced
opportunities to interact with larger themes and
become more sensitized to acquired knowledge.
Additionally, in an effort to maximize academic success
potential, all students complete a comprehensive
learning styles and preferences survey and receive
one-on-one counseling designed to explore strategies
that exploit unique styles and preferences.