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Roads to Success for Freshmen


September 16-26, 2014 

Do you want to get a head start on your freshmen year?  Do want to meet other new students, learn about PSU and how to be successful in college all while creating lasting friendships all before your first term even starts?  Whether you plan to live on or off-campus, you are invited to join us in our amazing learning community this September!  But don't wait, we only have room for the first 60 students.  


Fall 2014 Course information:

Roads to Success (course begins 2 weeks prior to the start of the fall term)
Course Registration Number (CRN):  TBA
Subject/Course#/Section:  UNST 189
Meets from: 9:00am-4:00pm, on 9/16- 9/19 & 9/22-9/26
Location: 222 Neuberger, 237 Neuberger
Instructors:  Shoshana Zeisman, Liane O'Banion
Peer Mentors: TBA

Roads to Success (course meets through fall term)
Subject/Course#/Section:  UNST 289
Meets 3:00pm-3:50pm each Wednesday from 9/29-12/10
Location:  TBA
Instructors: Shoshana Zeisman, Liane O'Banion

Peer Mentors: TBA

Program Description: Roads to Success is a Portland State University early start program for new freshmen. First offered in 2009, Roads provides sixty students the opportunity to learn valuable skills and be exposed to campus resources prior to their first term at PSU.

Roads students are exposed to critical academic skills; student success and college adjustment strategies, co-curricular opportunities, resource referrals and community building activities to assist in the transition from high school to the University prior to the start of fall term. Intended outcomes include increased academic success, retention and overall student satisfaction.

Components: The primary component of Roads is a three-credit course offered the two weeks prior to the start of fall term (including Viking Days but not including Saturday & Sunday) followed by an additional one-credit seminar during fall term which meets on Wednesdays from 3-3:50pm (for a total of 4 credit hours). Approximately two-thirds of the cohort will live in the First-Year Experience Residence Hall and will move to campus early on Monday, September 15, 2014 if they make arrangements to do so prior to the mid-July, 2014 deadline.

Curriculum: The program uses Skip Downing's "On Course" curriculum and highlights the eight principles and essential qualities that successful students have including: accepting personal responsibility, discovering self-motivation, mastering self-management, employing interdependence, gaining self-awareness, adopting life-long learning, increasing self confidence and developing emotional intelligence. Additionally, attention is given to college adjustment issues, academic "culture", practicing tolerance, understanding diversity, academic skill building, college writing, major and career exploration, community building, exposure to campus resources and co-curricular opportunities.

Required Textbook: 

There is a required textbook for Roads. All students must purchase a copy of On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (2013) by Cengage/Wadsworth Learning (7th Edition). The text is available at the PSU Bookstore, Powells, and Students can also rent the text or purchase electronic copies, depending on which format works best for them.  The text is available at the PSU Millar Library on reserve at the Circulation desk for check-out up to two hours at a time (book needs to stay in the Library).  

Click here to check the status of the reserve textbook in the library.  Enter "O'Banion" for the instructor name in the search box.



SAMPLE SCHEDULE OF A ROADS DAY (What will we be doing in this class/program)?

7:30-8:30am  OPTIONAL:  Breakfast at Victor's Cafe in Ondine (for on-campus students ONLY)

9-9:30am  Morning Warm-Up, Discuss daily readings

9:30-10:30am  Guest speaker from campus resource (Financial Aid, Student Activities, Advising, Women's Resource Center, etc).

10:30-11:30am  Class activity on daily subject from the text (self-awareness, self-management, test-taking, note-taking, interdependence, etc)

11:30-12:30pm  Lunch together at Victor's Cafe in Ondine

12:30-1:30pm  Visit on-campus resource/Field trip (during Viking Week there will be more time for this)

1:30-2:00pm  Video/movie

2:00-3:00pm   Work on class project or presentation of weeks material

3:00-4:00pm  Class activity/minute papers

4:00-7:00pm  Break, no class, on-campus students have dinner, homework

7:00-10:00pm  OPTIONAL:  Planned event with Residence Assistants (movie night, game night, walk to Voodoo donuts, Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee, other fun social activities)

For additional information, contact Liane O'Banion, Assistant Director and Program Coordinator, at 503-725-9549 or Please contact 503.725.4448 or for more information.


Important Note: The Roads to Success program covers the cost of housing and food for the weeks prior to fall term (food only for students not living on-campus), regular tuition for credit hours will be billed to your student account for fall term.