Success First

We understand that college can be challenging academically, that’s why we’ve developed the Success First program to give you a strong Reading and Writing and Intensive English language foundation, that you will use throughout your college career.

Success First Mission Statement

The mission of Success First is to help students attain proficiency in reading and writing so that they can succeed in college-level work.

Donnelly College prides itself on an “Open Door” policy which accepts all students who have graduated from an accredited high school. To decide placement into college level courses, all students are administered the Accuplacer Placement Test. Those students who fall below the cut-off of 100 level courses are referred to Success First for possible placement.

Once the Testing Center Coordinator has the student’s scores, the student is sent to speak to the Director or a faculty member of Success First. There are two cohorts in the program: Reading and Writing cohort and an Intensive English cohort for second-language learners. The students meet one-on-one to discuss placement options, the credit hours required and the commitment involved. Both cohorts meet five days a week and require tutoring, lab, classroom time and some online interaction through our learning management system. Both cohorts are intended to last one-semester as preparation for college level courses.

Need more information? Contact:

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

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Michelle Lundy
Assistant Professor
(913) 621-8753
Office 505 

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