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academic preparedness, 4p model, academic support, academic reediness, academic skills


In the Fall of 2019, I was asked to carry out research on how best to support International students' transition to Sheridan's learning environment and achieve academic success. With the help of Kathleen Oakey, FHASS Liaison Librarian, a literature review was completed and several International student support programs were identified across the sector. Information interviews were completed with specialists from both within Sheridan and across other institutions. The summary of this research can be found as an Appendix to this report: Successful Models for Enhancing International Students’ Academic Success: Research and Recommendations.

The Academic Preparedness 4P Model: A Framework for Delivering Student Academic Supports at Sheridan grew out of the International student success research. It became increasingly clear that academic readiness planning should be defined by a set of skills that every student needs to possess in order to succeed in their studies. Helping students to acquire and develop essential academic skills at the right time is the focus of this report and at the heart of the 4P Model.

Joan Sweeney Marsh Associated Vice President, Integrated Learning Services


Library and Learning Services

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Sweeney-Marsh, j., Traynor, M., Palombi, D., & Oakey, K. (2019). Academic preparedness (4P model): A framework for delivering student academic supports at Sheridan [Unpublished report]. Library and Learning Services, Sheridan College.


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