The CSP services begin with a pre-Fall semester orientation session for entering first-year students. The goal of orientation is to introduce students to the campus and prepare them for the transition to college.Â
Each semester, students work with the CSP Coordinator to develop an individualized goal statement. Statements include academic, social, and life skill goals and strategies to achieve them. Students and staff work together to update goals and strategies when necessary.
Throughout the year, students have frequent contact with the CSP Coordinator and their mentors. Contact will occur in both individual and group settings. Students are expected to participate in all services.
Student services include:
- Pre-Fall Semester Orientation (first-year students only)
- Individual counseling (minimum of once a week, but more if deemed necessary)
- Weekly skills group focusing on academic, social, daily life skills, and cultural supports
- Weekly support group focusing on perceptions of college life and being a college student
- Liaison support with faculty, staff and university departments
- Functional assessment of classroom and campus behavior (if deemed necessary)
Graduate mentors providing:
- Live-in residence hall support
- Structured study sessions (five per week)
Undergraduate peer mentors providing:
- Support navigating the campus and its culture
- Support developing peer relationships
Supported community outings
The CSP also provides support to the Eastern University community. Services include ASD-specific information, training, and consultation to faculty, staff, academic advisors, and university departments.
CSP Program Fee:
The fee for the College Success Program is $6500 per semester. This cost is in addition to tuition, room and board, student activity and other customary fees charged by Eastern University. Full payment is due prior to the beginning of each semester. Â The program fee is not covered by Eastern University's Tuition Remission Program.Â Read the CSP Fee Refund Policy.
Staff includes the CSP Coordinator, CSP Graduate Mentors, and CSP Undergraduate Peer Mentors.
Douglas Cornman, MA, BC-DMT, LPC is the College Success Program Coordinator. As the coordinator, Douglas trains and supervises the CSP staff. He also serves as liaison between the Cushing Center for Counseling and Academic Support and Eastern University. Douglas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Performance from Messiah College and a Master of Arts degree in The Creative Arts in Psychotherapy from Allegheny University of the Health Sciences (formerly Hahnemann University). He is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He comes to Eastern University with thirteen years of experience serving individuals living on the autism spectrum as both a clinician and administrator specializing in program development.