Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
The program is free, but students are required to enroll in the one-credit UN 1000 Frameworks for Success course; upon enrollment, this course is added to their schedule by the registrar.
What is required of students enrolled in the ExSEL Program as a first-year student?
- Weekly mentor meetings for five weeks in the fall semester. (See #9)
- Meetings with ExSEL staff, a minimum of two times per semester.
- Complete the UN 1000 Frameworks for Success course. (See #12)
- Utilize the resources of the learning centers on campus.
- Participation is required to maintain enrollment in the ExSEL Program.
How do I sign up?
It is very easy to sign up on line by visiting www.mtu.edu/success/academic/support/exsel/ and completing the online contract.
I turned in my contract; do I need to do anything else?
- Yes, attend the Parent/Student Orientation Meeting on Sunday, August 26, from 11:00-12:00 PM in the DOW Building, Room 641 (you will receive an invitation regarding this session).
- You will be automatically enrolled by the registrar in UN 1000, so reference your class schedule during O-Week to see what days/time your class section meets.
What are the criteria to participate in this program?
In the 2018-19 academic year, incoming first-year and transfer students were invited to participate in the ExSEL Program base on being identified as having risk factors that have historically impacted retention rates at the University.
I wasn't invited to join, but I heard about ExSEL; can I participate?
You are encouraged to sign up even if you weren't invited to join; however, you should note that the deadline for our original invitees is Friday, August 10. After that deadline, as long as there are openings in the program, you may participate.
The deadline to join ExSEL has passed; can I still join?
- Yes, if there is still space; please submit a contract (See #2) right away.
- Please note that the deadline is used to encourage students to turn in their contract as soon as possible, but if there is space available we can accept students until the start of classes.
What are the benefits of participating in the program?
- General support from staff through one-on-one meetings, email communication, etc.
- Each student will be assigned a peer mentor. (See #9)
- Success strategies in the UN 1000 Frameworks for Success class.
- Midterm grade monitoring allows time to identify any needed support. (See #10)
What is a Peer Mentor?
- Each ExSEL participant will be paired with a peer mentor for one-on-one meetings.
- Our peer mentors are upper-level students who are often past participants of the ExSEL Program.
- This provides an opportunity for students to share experiences and ask an upperclassman questions about being successful and adjusting to college life at Michigan Tech.
- Students and their mentors will arrange a regular meeting time and get together once a week.
- After the 5 required weeks, continuing to meet with your peer mentor is optional.
What is involved with the Midterm Grade Monitoring Process?
- All first-year students have their midterm grades made available to them. These are indications of Satisfactory (at or above a C) or Unsatisfactory (below a C) progress.
- Students transferring with more than 30 credits from another institution or who are not first-year students do not receive midterm grades.
Can the ExSEL staff talk to parents about a student's performance?
- Only if the student has given his/her parents Banweb guest access.
- We are glad to help whatever way we can, but we prefer that the student share the specifics of his/her performance with the parent or guardian.
- We do not have access to a student's daily attendance or daily/weekly performance grades in courses; only individual instructors have that information.
- Parent(s) or guardian(s) may access midterm and final grades on Banweb with the appropriate guest access.
What if students are enrolled in a learning community; can/should they still participate in ExSEL?
- Every year we have a few students who opt to enroll in both programs.
- Students may decide if ExSEL resources would be a helpful addition to the learning community support, and if so, they must take UN 1000 in lieu of UN 1010 (the learning community required course).
- If students decide to enroll only in a learning community, they are still encouraged to take advantage of the academic support opportunities provided by the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success.
How will I know about other academic opportunities?
ExSEL sends emails to notify students of academic opportunities, special events, and other important information.
I would like to talk to someone about participation in this program.
If you have any questions you may email the Wahtera Center Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"ExSEL Plus" information
- Students received the option to request more information about the ExSEL Plus Program on their ExSEL application or received an email explaining this program. Christy Oslund is the primary contact for questions about the ExSEL Plus Program.
- This program will be particularly useful to students who struggle with anxiety, organization, attention to details, and perhaps picking up social cues. The application form will ask for more detailed information, as the number of program participants will be limited.