give yourself a boost
The Nease Institute curriculum and student experience includes several components that have been proven to boost the preparation and academic accomplishments of college students.
This is a foundational course at MVNU, satisfying a general education requirement of our Liberal Arts curriculum. This course helps students identify, form, and practice habits of the Christian mind through the basic analysis of worldview in their own lives and in key texts and through writing. It aims to introduce students to the vision of liberal arts education at MVNU and to the life of the mind as an aspect of Christian discipleship. Not only is this course an excellent introduction to the learning process at MVNU, but it also will provide you with essential tools which can be applied in all of your other college courses. Over the 10 days of classes within the Nease Institute, you will complete Discipleship of the Christian Mind and receive a grade on your MVNU transcript. We have an excellent professor and peer mentors to help you along the way.
By participating in the Nease Institute, you will learn key strategies for starting strong and succeeding at MVNU. You will have the opportunity to participate in workshops on reading strategies, note-taking strategies, study strategies, time management, mindset, financial literacy, and stress management and mental well-being. Conditionally admitted students who successfully complete the Nease Institute will also earn a waiver for College Success Strategies I (a required two-credit course).
Writing is a fundamental component of almost every course in college, especially at MVNU. Students who have essential tools and significant practice in writing are much more likely to succeed in their academic pursuits. The Nease Institute includes an integrated writing component. When the fall semester begins, you will have a ‘tool box’ of essential writing skills, and trained writing coaches will be available to help you continue to hone and develop the necessary skills for lifelong success.
Hired and trained by the Center for Student Success, these students will be working alongside the students of the Nease Institute, both during the thirteen days of the summer bridge program and during the first year of college. Our mentors have specific training in how best to help first-year students succeed in time management, organization, planning, and critical thinking, as well as helping with the adjustment to college life and academics. Our peer tutors are recommended by faculty, have been trained in tutoring best practices, and excel in one or more academic area critical to the first year of college.
The MVNU community provides a goldmine of resources to help all students succeed not just academically, but also spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically. As the University mission states, MVNU “exists to shape lives through educating the whole person ...” Over the course of the 13-day summer bridge program, the Nease Institute includes intentional encounters and activities with the resources and people of MVNU that are most valuable to students’ success. In a nutshell, by the end of the Nease Institute, students will know who and where to get answers better than most sophomores and juniors. This knowledge and confidence has been cited by past Nease Scholars as the most valuable part of the bridge program.