Center for Access Success and Achievement

Being Mindful and Understanding of Students’ Challenges and Constraints 

The COVIOD-19 crisis  has created situations that may impede our students with the greatest economic need, adversely affecting their ability to complete their work in a timely fashion.  We ask that all exercise patience.  If faculty have any questions in general or specific to a student, we are here to help. CASA Coaches are meeting regularly with students and the CASA life coach is also taking meetings on line.  If faculty have questions, they should feel free to reach out. Linda Coleman can address issues related to specific students and Terry Nance and Eloise Berry are available for more general discussions. 

Here are suggestions from messages shared by Dean Adele Lindenmeyr (CLAS) and Dean Joyce Russell (VSB) with their faculty:

Be mindful of students’ state of mind

Students may be feeling overwhelmed this week—by the rapidly changing national and local situation, by having to pack and move home suddenly, by worries over family members or friends, by their unfamiliarity with online systems of learning or inadequate internet.

Suggestions:

  • You may wish to consider extending due dates on assignments due this week, for example.
  • If you do make an accommodation please be sure you extend it to the entire class, not just to individual students.

Be mindful of students in other time zones, especially for early classes/west coast students:

Suggestions:

  • Please allow west coast (or earlier time zone) students to watch a recording of the zoom session later in the day.
  • Consider allowing the students to write commentaries on the lecture/sessions they have viewed (or use another method); the written commentaries will count as class attendance and participation.

Be mindful of students’ situation at home

Students who have returned home may face difficult challenges, such as the lack of a quiet place to study, write a paper, or to join your online class; the presence at home of younger siblings, anxious parents, elderly relatives; weak internet access or problematic devices.

Suggestion:

Please be open to working with students to accommodate constraints on their ability to engage with your course online.

COV-ID 19 Updates

Tips for Working at Home

  • Check out Learning Support Services' student resources for online courses.
  • Make sure to use your planner to stay on top of assignments and meetings.
  • Wake up the same time as you would if you were on campus.
  • Eat or snack regularly.
  • Take breaks. When you are online working you can find yourself working all day.
  • Make sure you work on a flat surface (e.g., dinning room or kitchen table) in a well-lit area, preferably with daylight. 
  • Work on your normal organization tasks. This way you will be ready to go once we return to campus.
  • Make sure that you are keeping your meetings with folks across the campus, to include CASA Coach, Life Coach, Academic Advisor, etc.

Tutoring

  • All Villanova tutoring services tutoring have moved online.
  • Schedule sessions on WCOnline
  • If you have trouble connecting to tutoring sessions, contact Julie Studer, Assistant Director of Tutoring Services, by email or phone (610-519-5862).

Study Tools


Editing Tools


Textbooks /  Library and Research Help

  • Free Access to E-Textbooks - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VitalSource, a digital platform for commercial textbooks, is offering temporary free access to electronic textbooks offered by many publishing partners. 
    • To find out if the textbook you need is available, create a student account with your Villanova email address. Search for the textbooks you need by ISBN, title or author. 
  • Connect with a Falvey Librarian! 
    • Live chat with a librarian M-F, 9-5! Click the green Live Chat box in the lower right hand corner of the Falvey website
    • Email and web conference a subject librarian to get help with questions about research and accessing course materials. 


Nursing Tutorials


STEM


Geography and History


Access to Internet

  • Free internet from Comcast for 60 days to new customers in their service areas for low-income families: https://broadbandnow.com/guides/low-income-internet. Enter your zip code to see what options may exist in your area. Many providers do have an internet plan for as low as $10/month. Need assistance? Contact Lael McGann.


Mental Well Being for Students

EVERFI and The Jed Foundation, leaders in the field of promoting safe and healthy campuses, have partnered to co-develop this course which has been tailored for our campus. The course can be completed in less than one hour and is available to students until May 15, 2020.  To access, please click here or cut and paste this address into your browser: https://admin.fifoundry.net/villanova-university/sign-in

 

Our Mission Statement

The Center for Access, Success and Achievement aims to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented, first generation, and Pell Eligible students through holistic support in a culturally diverse and academically excellent environment. 

Vision Statement

Our goal is to maintain successful retention by providing students with a sense of belonging in a nurturing environment, opportunities for self-realization and personal development, and holding them accountable for working to the best of their abilities. 

Values Statement

As a multifaceted center, CASA houses a number of resources, such as scholarships, tutoring, academic counseling, and life coaches that provide access to success. In addition, our office coordinates programing throughout the year to promote self-care, self-actualization, and self-advocacy. To accomplish these goals, we partner with local units, resources, and Villanova departments to provide coordinated care and support.

  • Providing student-focused academic and personal support through programming, professional and academic mentoring, and peer to peer mentoring. 
  • Promoting student growth and accountability.
  • Creating a campus environment in keeping with Villanova's Augustinian, Catholic values, and which adheres to the University's core values: Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas.
  • Developing student proficiency in self-advocacy, and fluency in university resources.
  • Promoting greater visibility and awareness of issues facing underrepresented students on campus.
  • Providing a safe, open space, in which current CASA students feel free to interact with peers, graduate students, and professional staff.
  • Facilitating seamless access to textbooks and other academic materials through our lending library and affiliated programs.

Contact Us

Monday to Friday  
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Falvey Hall, Room 211

Phone: 610.519.4075
Fax: 610.519.7758
Email: CASA

Scheduled Visits

College Day Visits -
Groups ONLY

UPDATE:  College Day Visits are postponed until further notice.  

Participate in CASA

Faculty/Staff: Submit a Referral Form to refer students to CASA.

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