ICO’s Student Success Initiatives
For nearly all students, professional studies catalyze several personal and academic transitions. The Student Success Program provides resources to aid in your continued growth through these transitions.
The Student Success Center offers resources to improve your performance across a spectrum of learning styles and goals.
They also support students who learn differently. If you are a student who experiences disabilities that impact your learning, we want to ensure that reasonable accommodations are in place to create a level playing field for optimal learning.
It is very common to get a tutor at ICO. ICO tutors are upper level students who have done well in the course they tutor. They are very flexible, so you’ll get to choose what you want to review and how you want to review it!
ICO is contracted with Empowered Therapy, Inc. to provide counseling services for students without additional charges. Psychotherapeutic counseling is available on request. Empowered Therapy is currently working with clients via virtual (telemedicine) sessions. All services take place within an environment that ensures patient privacy.
Academic Coaching at ICO is offered by upper-level students. They’re there for all sorts of peer guidance whether academic or just as a sounding board. The Academic Coaches create a non-judgmental space where you can ask hard questions or just vent.
Our ICO Connects Program matches every first-year student in small groups with a faculty member. Your ICO Connects faculty member acts as a mentor and builds rapport with you, tracks your academic performance, and offers ‘right on time’ support/recommendations for improvement. Your ICO Connects faculty member is more than just an academic advisor, they’re here to support you as you develop into a professional within optometry.
Beth Karmis, Assistant Dean for Student Success
Beth Karmis facilitates all the programs listed above, but also routinely meets with students about any issues related to student life and academic performance. Ms. Karmis will connect students directly to existing programs or help identify other resources.
Ms. Karmis also serves as the College’s ADA Coordinator for students who experience conditions that may impact their access to the ICO program.