Success First Accelerated is offered in conjunction with EN111-Composition I, which prepares students for the demands of college-level reading and writing assignments. Students learn to communicate effectively in written form, read for purpose and comprehension, use standard English grammar and sentence structure, and use pre-writing, peer review and editing techniques in essays. A supplemental three-credit First Year Experience class helps students develop the characteristics, habits and attitudes of an effective learner. One hour of tutoring per week is also required. 

Class Schedule

Class Day/Time

EN 111: Compostion 1

SF 090 : Success First Accelerated

M,W / 9:00-10:15 AM

M,W,F / 11:00-12:15 PM


AS 101: First Year Experience  


T,R / 9:00-10:15 AM

Success First Accelerated students may also enroll in other college classes including a math course.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Understanding of phonemic awareness, word analysis, and high frequency word recognition. 
  • Expansion of their recognition and usage of vocabulary. 
  • Reading strategies that build comprehension. 
  • Improved oral fluency. 
  • Production of complex sentences and short essays. 

Program Evaluation

Donnelly has a well-established assessment system for evaluating all of its academic programs, including Success First. Standard indicators used to measure student achievement include attendance records, test scores, course grades, in-class assessments, and semester and cumulative grade point averages (GPAs).  Additional indicators used to measure overall program effectiveness include number and percent of students achieving target outcomes—English language fluency, proficiency in oral and written communication and college readiness. Because the goal of the Success First program is to prepare students to be successful in college-level classes, we also track students’ subsequent performance in Composition I and II and First-Year Experience. Finally, we track the percentage of Donnelly graduates who completed their degree program after beginning their college journeys in Success First. 

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Gretchen Meinhardt 
Director of Success First 
(913) 621-8721
Office 504 




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