Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies


College of Education

First Advisor

Toby Jenkins-Henry


College Success, Freshman Seminar, College 101, or University 101—all of these courses have the common theme of providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to be successful in navigating higher education. This might mean attaining a certificate or degree, or in some cases, transferring to a four-year institution. While content knowledge is unquestionably important, the ability to employ multiple soft skills and learning strategies is also essential for a student to successfully transition to college (Conley, 2013). At Middletown Tech, a designated public, two-year, associate degree-granting institution in the U.S. South, the College Success course is intended to help students overcome the personal and academic challenges that might impede their success in college while helping them develop study skills, writing strategies, and test-taking skills. For students in such courses, the integration of a soft-skills inventory aimed at increasing their non-cognitive proficiencies may cultivate the drive, focus, and competencies necessary to be successful in their academic journeys


© 2018, Beth Ann Scruggs