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August 30, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College again has received national recognition for its being an “effective institution” with an engaging faculty committed to helping students succeed, this time on
The highly popular Web site of the youth-oriented MTV network includes an article that details Wofford and other colleges’ inclusion in “Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter,” a book based on research conducted at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Wofford was among 20 colleges selected to participate in the first Project DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practices) study in 2002-2003. Project DEEP is a study conducted by the Center for Post Secondary Educational Research at Indiana University-Bloomington to determine why certain campuses score exceptionally well on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

The article, written by Brandee J. Tecson, reads, in part:

“Several dominant factors appeared in almost all of the 20, including establishing clear paths for students.

“‘Many institutions have been explicit about what students need to succeed at their institution, so students aren’t just left to figure this out on their own,” (Jillian) Kinzie (associate director of NSSE and project manager of Project DEEP) said. ‘They provide students guideposts and very clear messages about what you need to do in terms of studying and preparing for class and the kind of activities you should be involved in.’

“Laura H. Corbin, assistant director of communications at Wofford College in Spartanburg, (South) Carolina, says one of the college’s best attributes is the faculty’s dedication to teaching and continuous engagement with pupils.

“They get to know the students, and I believe that breeds success,” Corbin said.

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