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Dr. Rozalia Williams, Founder and President, developed the courses, training, assessments, and programs offered by the College Student Development Center, Inc. Her experiences as a 16-year-old college student eventually led to a professional career creating, implementing and evaluating college student development programs.
After earning a Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees, Dr. Williams earned a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
The author of the College FAQ Book: Over 5,000 Not Frequently Asked Questions About College!, she has over 25 years of experience giving sound advice to high school, undergraduate and graduate students while serving in numerous executive, administrative and instructional positions at public and private universities.
The College Student Development Center was founded to help improve postsecondary education attainment rates in the U.S. The company envisions a society where every college-bound student has the opportunity to learn the life skills necessary to become successful in higher education prior to arriving on campus. Its mission is to prepare college-bound students for the challenges they will experience transitioning to college. The company fulfills its mission by offering student development, professional development, and community outreach programs and services.
The underlying philosophy of the company is based on the belief that an individual’s life is comprised of many interdependent parts that must be balanced and function in harmony with each other. To be effective, college student development must take place early; must be comprehensive, enlightening, rigorous and delivered in a non-threatening, risk-free atmosphere.
- Individual College Student Development Assessment services that help students examine their perceptions of their ability to manage their lives and learning in the absence of authority figures. Incongruences in students' skills, abilities and future aspirations are identified. Based on the findings, recommendations are made for next steps.
- The College Life Skills Course® which has been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions. This student-centered, questions-based course introduces students to the self-knowledge, self-discipline and college knowledge essential for success in higher education and beyond. Students are taught a comprehensive life management method that familiarizes them with the demands of college life inside and outside of the classroom; connects them with campus resources, policies and procedures; and informs them of their rights and responsibilities.
- The College FAQ Book: Over 5,000 Not Frequently Asked Questions About College! is the first and only comprehensive book of questions on the college experience. This easy-to-read, pocket-size but powerful book sheds light on how colleges work and helps readers understand the choices, challenges, bridges and barriers that college students encounter. The College FAQ Book gives students and parents the right questions to ask about every aspect of the college experience.
- How to Counsel College-Bound Students is a one-day training approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). The training is designed for school and career counselors and mental health professionals at the master's and doctoral level who do not have an academic background in college student development, yet they find themselves providing college counseling in educational institutions and mental health agencies and organizations. Participants learn how to structure formal or informal; individual or group counseling sessions using a specific counseling framework for helping students become more decisive, self-motivated, self-aware, focused, organized, proactive and independent.
- The GottaDo College® Early Awareness Initiative provides a GottaDo College® Simulation where high school students pretend to be college students for a day, and the GottaDo College® Treasure Hunt for middle and elementary school students®.
A Lecture Series on How to Survive in College: What it Really Takes to Graduate can be scheduled for community groups and organizations concerned about getting their students into college and keeping them there. Topics covered include the organizational structure of higher education, and factors that influence the college admission, financial aid and graduation processes. Participants learn how today’s colleges have changed, today’s students have changed, and how the skills needed to survive in college have changed.