What is Learning Excellence?
Learning Excellence is a fee-based, academic support program that provides comprehensive services for any student at High Point University. The program is beneficial for any student who needs help with transitioning to college, organization, time management, study skills, or strategies to help with learning differences. This impactful program of individualized support develops a learning action plan specific to each student, so they receive the...

Learning Excellence is a fee-based, academic support program that provides comprehensive services for any student at High Point University. The program is beneficial for any student who needs help with transitioning to college, organization, time management, study skills, or strategies to help with learning differences. This impactful program of individualized support develops a learning action plan specific to each student, so they receive the personalized attention and the encouragement needed to be successful. Learning Excellence is a semester-long program, and there is no obligation to continue for the following semester.

Students wishing to join the program should submit an application prior to the start of each semester. The program has limited availability, and spots are filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Contact
Daily from 8:30am — 5:00pm.
Britt Carl
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Program Director
Student Success

Overview

Student enrolled in Learning Excellence will receive the following services:
  • Individual instruction for improving academic skills, organization and time management
  • Positive coaching to help students stay motivated and on-track for success
  • Encouragement of self-advocacy and self-determination
  • Access to professional tutors for writing and math
  • Priority registration for the subsequent semester
  • Assistance in establishing relationships with instructors and advisors
  • Guidance in utilizing and accessing assistance from the Office of Accessibility Resources and other campus resources

Services

Weekly Meetings: Students will meet with their Learning Specialist once a week for an hour a week to review academic progress and evaluate and develop academic skills. An action plan is created each week to address each student’s assignment due dates, learning needs and goals.

Tutoring: The Learning Excellence Specialist will coordinate tutoring for their students. Students will meet with professional tutors exclusive to the Learning Excellence Program for writing and math support. Students will also meet with course-specific peer tutors provided by Academic Services. All tutors submit tutor reports to the Learning Excellence Specialists.

Study Time: Students are recommended and encouraged to complete at least 10 hours of study time per week. Study time hours are tracked electronically each week.

Weekly Reports: Parents receive a detailed report each week indicating any grades that have been posted, any instructor feedback that has been submitted and the Learning Excellence Specialist’s observations.

Foundations for Academic Success Course: First-year students enrolling in Learning Excellence must take ADV 1101: Foundations for Academic Success. Incoming freshmen who have not taken ADV 1101 will be required to do so upon admittance into the Learning Excellence Program.

Incoming Students
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Applying to the Learning Excellence Program
       Students are enrolled in the Learning Excellence Program on a first-come, first-served, semester by semester basis. Incoming freshmen must be admitted to the university prior to enrolling in the Learning Excellence Program.
       Learning Excellence is designed to support students who want to improve their academic skills while learning how to use High Point University services and support programs. The success of students participating in Learning Excellence is dependent upon their personal involvement, cooperation, and dedication to academic progress and success, as well as the support of their parents. Students and parents are required to complete and sign the Learning Excellence Application indicating their commitment to the program.
        Every application will be reviewed, and notification of acceptance will be given prior to the start of the semester of program enrollment.
        Once accepted into the Learning Excellence Program, a family meeting prior to the start of the academic term will be recommended to review expectations and goals.
        All completed applications must be scanned/emailed to Britt Carl at bcarl@highpoint.edu.

The Fall 2022 Learning Excellence Application will be available in January 2022.

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Program Enrollment
The program is open to any High Point University student with a desire to cultivate and improve their academic abilities. Incoming freshmen should be enrolled in the university before submitting an application to the Learning Excellence Program. The Learning Excellence Program cost for the 2021-2022 academic year is $8,000 per semester. Because there is limited enrollment and high demand, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your student’s spot. There is no obligation to continue the following semester. This program has a limit as to how many students it can serve each semester, and spots are filled on a first-come first-served basis.
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Learning Excellence for Summer
An abbreviated version of the Learning Excellence Program is provided during the summer. The emphasis will be placed on a twice weekly meeting with a Learning Excellence Specialist to focus on academic progress, study skills, organization, and time management. The Learning Excellence Summer Program is available to students in Summer Sessions I and II and Summer Advantage. For Summer Online courses, students will connect with their Specialists via phone, FaceTime, Skype, or email.
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Professional Tutoring

MEET THE TEAM


201210 Britt Carl 001 200x300Britt Carl

Director of Learning Excellence

411 Smith Library | 336-841-9490

bcarl@highpoint.edu

Britt Carl serves as the Director of Learning Excellence. Britt joined High Point University in August 2013 and served as a Success Coach, Senior Success Coach, and Director of Student Success in the Office of Student Success before becoming the Director of Learning Excellence in November 2020. Britt received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the HPU family, she served as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. Britt has a passion for proactively coaching and helping students achieve their academic and personal goals. She has built strong relationships with faculty and student support staff on campus, and she enjoys helping students expand their support network through these partnerships she has established. Britt has over 12 years of experience in higher education and she is an active member of the National Academic Advising Association.


211202 Denise Ballard 001Denise Ballard, M.S.

Learning Excellence Specialist

402 Smith Library | 336-841-9670

eballard@highpoint.edu

Denise Ballard received her Bachelor of Science degree in English/Secondary Education from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western Carolina University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), as well as licensure from the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Prior to joining High Point University as a Learning Excellence Specialist, Denise worked for 18 years in private practice and NC Public Schools as a Speech-Language Pathologist. In private practice, she worked with infant-toddlers with speech-language developmental delays and disorders in both the home and daycare settings. In NC Public Schools, she provided Speech-Language therapy services to students with IEPs (Individual Education Plans) ranging from Preschool through High School. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, watching films, and spending time with her husband and daughter.


Leigh Barnwell 200x300Leigh Barnwell

Learning Excellence Specialist

413 Smith Library | 336-841-9834

lbarnwel@highpoint.edu

Leigh Barnwell is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina.  She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology from North Carolina Central University and a Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Leigh also holds a Post Master’s Certification in Educational Leadership and School Administration from UNCG and serves as the science instructor for the TRIO Upward Bound Program at North Carolina A&T State University.  Prior to coming to High Point University, Leigh was a middle grades science teacher for nine years.  During her time in the school system, she founded the Kiser Kings Mentoring Program for young minority males, which focuses on cultivating the diverse skills, talents, and leadership abilities within young men to ensure their success in school, the community, and in life.  The program is still in existence and is ran in conjunction with the NC A&T State University organization, Kingdom of Youth.  Leigh is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay.  In her free time, Leigh enjoys traveling, attending live sporting and music events, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.


201210 Brannon Bynum 001 200x300Brannon Bynum

Learning Excellence Specialist

409 Smith Library | 336-841-9056

bbynum1@highpoint.edu

Brannon Bynum received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from North Carolina A&T State University and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining the HPU family in December 2020, Brannon worked within the Guilford County Schools System as a Band Director for ten years, and he served as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at North Carolina A&T State University for eight years. Brannon looks forward to assessing the goals and needs of each student, facilitating actionable steps for their academic success and empowering students to achieve their goals. In his free time, Brannon enjoys playing and teaching music. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.


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Learning Excellence Specialist

405 Smith Library | 336-841-9319

ldunlap@highpoint.edu

Lance Dunlap joined the High Point University staff in August 2012. Lance has previously worked in the Office of Student Life and Office of Student Success at HPU. Lance holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in Rhetoric from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lance is a first-generation college graduate and enjoys assisting young adults with the transition to college and developing the personal responsibility/skills necessary to organize their lives and achieve their goals. Lance has previously served as the head coach for the HPU club golf team. In his free time, Lance enjoys basketball, music, golf, fishing, and activities with his wife and daughter.


210810 Jenny Enright 001Jenny Enright

Learning Excellence Specialist

Jenrigh1@highpoint.edu

336-841-9267

Jenny received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds National Board Certification in Secondary Social Studies. Jenny joined the High Point University Learning Excellence Program in August 2021 after a 30 year career teaching high school social studies in Guilford County. Jenny is passionate about working with young people to reach their academic and public service goals. As an exercise enthusiast, Jenny enjoys spin classes and taking long walks with her dogs. Traveling with friends and family is a favorite pastime.

 


Jordyn Fleming 200x300Jordyn Fleming

Learning Excellence Specialist

402 Smith Library | 336-841-9513

jflemin1@highpoint.edu

Jordyn Fleming joined High Point University in August 2018 and served as an Admissions Counselor before becoming a Learning Excellence Specialist in December 2020. Jordyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from East Carolina University and has training in teaching students with behavioral disorders. Prior to joining HPU, Jordyn worked as a Prevention Specialist for Keystone Substance Abuse Services for two years. When not working, Jordyn enjoys traveling, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, and spending time with her family and friends.

 


210810 Lindsey Greear 001Lindsey Greear

Learning Excellence Specialist

lgreear@highpoint.edu

336-841-9645

Lindsey Greear comes to Learning Excellence with over a decade of experience in Guilford County Schools as an educator, mentor, advisor, and teacher leader. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in Teaching from North Carolina State University. During her time with Guilford County Schools, Lindsey worked with all levels of student learners, served as a member and chairperson for the School Based Leadership Team, mentored student and beginning teachers as well as organized and advised various student organizations, among other roles. Lindsey also helped draft the Instructional Framework for teaching and learning in Guilford County and spent many years in curriculum development for Social Studies education. Lindsey’s favorite part of being a high school teacher was advocating for students, being a safe space and building relationships to encourage student growth. Lindsey believes fully that all students can learn, they just do it in their own way and in their own time. She is looking forward to applying her experiences into her role as a Learning Excellence Specialist to help High Point University students grow into amazing, strong, successful, and independent adults. Outside of work, Lindsey likes to spend her time hanging out with her family, listening to music with her husband, and chasing around her children and their very wild dog.


Kaitlyn Thruston 200x300Kaitlyn Hurt

Learning Excellence Specialist

446 Smith Library | 336-841-9436

kthrusto@highpoint.edu

Kaitlyn Hurt is a two-time Appalachian State University alumnus. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and her Master’s degree in College Student Development. Before coming to High Point University, Kaitlyn worked as a College Success Coach in the North Carolina Community College system. She also has prior experience in working with non-traditional college students and is passionate about working with student veterans. As a Learning Excellence Specialist, Kaitlyn enjoys working with students to find strategies that allow them to succeed in the classroom. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys traveling with her husband, reading, and trying out new recipes.


Kendra Matthews 200x300Kendra Matthews

Learning Excellence Specialist

406 Smith Library | 336-841-9417

kmatthew@highpoint.edu

Kendra Matthews received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and Masters of Science in Food Science and Nutrition from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She also received a Masters of Teaching from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Kendra has a love for student services and enjoys helping students reach their full potential. With over eleven years of higher education experience prior to joining High Point University in December 2019, Kendra Matthews recently served as an Instructor with Guilford Technical Community College. Throughout her career, she has served as Recruitment Coordinator and NC Teaching Fellows Director at North Carolina A&T State University School of Education. Kendra has also served as university Early College Academy Liaison, as well as Family Consumer Science teacher in both Guilford and Winston-Salem Forsyth County schools. The role in which she cherishes the most is being a proud mom to her beautiful son, Anwar. In her spare time, Kendra enjoys traveling, attending live sporting and music events, shopping, and spending quality time with family and friends.


Sarah Schoultz 200x300Sarah Schoultz

Learning Excellence Specialist

430 Smith Library | 336-841-9610

sschoult@highpoint.edu

Sarah Schoultz is excited to be a part of the Learning Excellence department! Sarah is originally from Upstate New York and graduated from S.U.N.Y Fredonia. She moved to North Carolina after graduation and has lived in Greensboro ever since! Sarah previously worked as an Admissions Counselor for an international boarding school in Greensboro and has also worked within the public school system for many years. Sarah and her husband started their own small business in 2014 and successfully sold it in 2016. Sarah made her way to High Point University in 2019 after hearing about so many of the wonderful things the University has to offer and she knew she wanted to be a part of it! Sarah started as an Admissions Counselor for Central North Carolina at HPU and thoroughly enjoyed working with those students. She teaches Group Fitness classes on the side and am involved with her synagogue, Temple Emanuel in Greensboro. Sarah is married and has 2 wonderful children.


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Tonilena Soranno, M.A.

Learning Excellence Specialist

432 Smith Library | 336-841-9850

tsoranno@highpoint.edu

Tonilena Soranno received a Master’s in Philosophy with specialization in Human Sciences from the University of Bari “Aldo Moro’, Italy. Before starting her collaboration with High Point University, she taught in a private local preschool where she followed her passion for teaching young children putting at good use her strong background in teaching and psychology. She started at High Point University in 2009 as instructor of Italian where she played a significant role in developing the program, in creating the Conversation course for the Italian minor, in starting the Italian club and in fostering the hands-on learning experience for her students in collaboration with the local community. In 2016 she joined the Learning Excellence program. Tonilena is passionate about helping students be successful during their academic experience at HPU. She keeps a positive and always helping demeanor hoping to have a positive influence on her students while they master their life skills throughout the innumerable opportunities, they encounter in their everyday interactions at HPU.

She is an active member of the HPU’s chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars Zeta Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, and she loves to make international students feel at home at HPU. Tonilena loves spending time with her family, listening to music, cooking, and dancing. She spends her summers traveling and visiting her extended family in Italy.


201216 Shannon Thomae 001 200x300Shannon Thomae

Learning Excellence Specialist

408 Smith Library | 336-841-9328

sthomae@highpoint.edu

Shannon Thomae received a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Education in Special Education from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining High Point University as a Learning Excellence Specialist in January 2021, she worked for 25 years as a special education teacher for Guilford County Schools. Shannon served many years on the School Based Leadership Team and as the Exceptional Children’s Department Chair for Grimsley High School. During her time in public education, Shannon took pride in building positive relationships with her students and families and worked diligently to teach students the skills needed to become independent, life-long learners. It is her desire to support students in developing strong self-advocacy skills so that they can achieve their personal goals. Outside of work, she is the proud mother of two teens and enjoys spending time with friends, walking her dog, relaxing at the beach, cooking, hiking, and traveling with her husband and family.

This Amendment No. 1 amends the Learning Excellence Program Agreement between the High Point University Learning Excellence Program and Students enrolled in this program.  It is effective for the Fall Semester 2021 and all future semesters.

This Amendment impacts the “Payment Information” page of the Agreement as related to the “Proration Policy” pertaining to students who withdraw from the University or are granted a Leave of Absence and the amount of refund that is granted in these situations.  Specific changes are as follows:

Original Policy

Official Date of University Withdrawal or LOA                   Refund Percentage

Before classes begin                                                                  100% (minus deposit)

First week of classes                                                                  87.5%

Second week of classes                                                             75.0%

Third week of classes                                                                62.5%

Fourth week of classes                                                              50.0%

Fifth week of classes                                                                 37.5%

Sixth week of classes                                                                 25.0%

Seventh week of classes                                                            12.5%

After seventh week of classes                                                    0%

 

Revised Policy

Official Date of University Withdrawal or LOA                    Refund Percentage

Before classes begin                                                                  100% (minus deposit)

First week of classes                                                                  75.0%

Second week of classes                                                             50.0%

Third week of classes                                                                25.0%

Fourth week of classes                                                              0%

 

All other provisions of the Learning Excellence Program Agreement remain in full force and effect.

Foundations for Academic Success

The Foundations for Academic Success course (ADV-1101) is a comprehensive academic and life skills course. The course is designed to support the overall development and success of the student through the application of techniques, skills, practices and ideas to the academic, personal, social and career aspects of a student’s life. Through academic support and the acquisition of skills and knowledge in learning styles and principles, critical reading, text marking, note taking, memory and exam strategies, the student is able to improve their academic success as well as learn to cross-use such skills in their everyday life. ADV-1101 presents the academic and life skills every entering freshman needs to start college and to be a successful student.

 

ADV-1101 in Summer Advantage: ADV-1101 is best accomplished with the most immediate effect by completing the course during the Summer Advantage program. By taking ADV-1101 in Summer Advantage, the freshman student is most prepared to “hit the ground learning” in the fall semester. Students overwhelmingly note that Summer Advantage was the very best thing they could have done upon entering college.

The ADV-1101 course further enhances the development of written/oral communication skills, academic/life planning, student lifestyle issues management and life-long learning. Equally important are acquiring life skills in time management, motivation, perception/attitudes, goal setting, career analysis and stress management that enhance the student’s transition to college life and their transition back into the world of work upon graduation.

The ADV-1101 course is a text/e-learning course that includes self-assessments, writing activities and experiential exercises that support the learning process. A significant e-learning component support via the BlackBoard learning system on the web is used. The course is available fall and spring semesters as well as in the Summer Advantage program.

For more information, please contact Ms. Britt Carl, Director of Learning Excellence, at bcarl@highpoint.edu and 336-841-9490.

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