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LRC 101A

Daniel Teague, a former LRC101A student, would like to tell his story.

Supporting Student Success Program

Delivered by the Learning Resources Center, LRC 101A is a last-chance success course for students who have been suspended or dismissed for poor academic performance and are seeking reinstatement. It is also available to students who are in one of the three levels of probation, a policy implemented in fall 2010. Enrollment in LRC 101A has grown steadily since the original three sections were offered in 2005. Eight sections are now offered each year. Both transfer and non-transfer students are advised to take the course.


The persistence (retention plus graduation) rate for LRC 101A students is 48.5%. Over the 13 semesters the course has been offered, 48.5% have graduated or are still enrolled at UMBC.


The curriculum is based on the program On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and Life by Dr. Skip Downing. The program focuses on proven strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible partners in their education and to achieve greater success in college and in life.  You can see a copy of the syllabus here.

In this class you will be able to:

  1. Take charge of your life.
  2. Increase self-motivation.
  3. Improve personal self-management.
  4. Improve your public speaking skills.
  5. Develop interdependence.
  6. Increase self-awareness.
  7. Maximize your learning.
  8. Develop emotional intelligence.
  9. Raise your self-esteem.
  10. Write more effectively.
  11. Improve creative and critical thinking skills.
  12. Master effective study skills


Meet the Instructors


Emma Sellers

I have been employed as a full time staff member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992, and I’ve been teaching LRC 101-A as a part-time instructor since Spring 2009. I am a life long learner, and education is important to me. I think it is the key to success. My classroom becomes a safe zone for all students to communicate their problems and needs. I love teaching this population of students the strategies required that will ultimately lead them to success in the academic world of UMBC and in life. In this role, I’m able to teach this community of learners how to get back on track to success.


Jackie Wilson

I have been teaching LRC 101A Academic Success for Lifelong Learning since January of 2012.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in English from Earlham College and my Master’s in Education from Stanford University.  I am also a trained Improviser and have performed comedy TheatreSports in San Francisco.  My research interests include Disability Studies, Theories of Leadership, Ethics and Women’s history on the British home front during WWII.  As a very serious “foodie” I can also tell you how to prepare a Durian fruit safely….


Delana Gregg

I have been working at UMBC since 2002 and teaching LRC 101a since 2013 because I love empowering students to become active, responsible partners in their education so they can achieve greater success in college and in life.  I have worked as an academic advisor at UMBC for many years, and bring that expertise and advice to my LRC 101a students.  I am currently pursing a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture at UMBC, focusing on the experiences of first-generation college students. I served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Lithuania from 2000-2002 as a teacher trainer.  I also love to perform in Baltimore’s water ballets with Fluid Movement.


Mitsue Wiggs

I serve as the Assistant Director to UMBC’s Meyerhoff Scholars Program, recruiting and advising students, coordinating their Summer Bridge, and overseeing peer mentoring, student success seminars and internships. Being an instructor for LRC 101a is a unique opportunity to help students to review, revise and revamp best practices for academic success.  I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Syracuse University and a Masters of Sciences Degree in Project Management from the University of Maryland, University College.


Samir El Omari

Samir is a lecturer in French and Arabic at UMBC in the Modern Languages and Linguistics Department.