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Press Release: Advanced Education Program

Contact: Filomena Iolascon, Media Manager
Gilchrist Institute for the Achievement Sciences | Bronxville, NY
Dr. Robert Flower, Ph.D. www.drbobflower.com
(914) 779-6299 press@gilchristforum.com


Advanced Education Program: Unlocking the Exceptional Mind and Student Success
Pathways to Understanding a College Career and Uncovering the Potentials That Will Get Students To Graduation And Beyond

August 2015 –

The Exceptional Mind and Student Success is a semester long program that addresses educational issues and works to unlock the potentials that will help first year college students to navigate the transitional challenges at the end of their high school careers.

Through The Exceptional Mind and Student Success, students as well as educators and parents are presented with proven formats for advancing education and educational achievement, experientially as well as scientifically. A fundamental architecture of direction leads participants to discover concrete laws of control, power and action.

High School teachers tell us time and again that many of their graduating students are not ready for college work. Traditionally, this has meant that high school seniors lack the academic soundness and the college preparatory blueprint to succeed in an environment of higher learning.

Colleges today are forced to offer noncredit remedial courses, in subjects such as English and math to bring a student’s level of academic knowledge to where it must be in order to progress to higher-level course work. This may not have been the case historically, since the rightful expectation of admissions directors was to enroll students who had met the standard for acceptance and were able to handle the necessary coursework and the adult responsibility.

The following data is from the ACT College Readiness Report, which demonstrates the need for colleges to address retention rates. Only 64.2% of BA/BS students progressed from freshman to sophomore year in 2014 and 36.5% of BA/BS students graduated in 5 or fewer years. 

The driving factors behind these trends can be easily detected, and they have their roots in high schools. However, there is little that teachers can do to address the issues, since instructional time is used primarily for standardized test preparation; minimal efforts are made to address college preparatory work such as:

A. Reading and understanding the concrete character of a syllabus and its philosophical connection with the instructor.
B. Researching and developing writing skills that will allow a student to produce an original work of good quality.
C. Understanding and accepting an adult mindset.
D. Developing the organizational skills needed to handle course loads and course work.
E. Creating a working alliance between one’s off campus life and an academic career.
F. Cultivating a willingness to expose one’s weaknesses, accept constructive criticism, implement the necessary adjustments, and make a commitment to those adjustments.
G. Discovering dormant potentials, creating successful results, and being guided by success—not by failure.

Course content progresses in three phases:

A. REDUCTION – The process of breaking down all of an individual’s thought components. Who are they…really? The thinking here is that we need to isolate elements that distinguish an individual, to identify the tiles of his or her personal mosaic and to shed layers of poor habits that have built up over the life of an elementary and secondary educational experience. In doing so, the program prepares a person to embrace a productive work ethic by identifying restrictors and replacing them with motivators, such as virtues, cultural considerations, and human dynamics.

B. RECONSTRUCTION – The process of bringing all of those components (pieces) back together that were identified through the reduction process, with a specific awareness of any modifications that were identified during the reduction phase. Has anything changed? Have there been enhancements or a new awareness generated through the elimination of restrictors and the incorporation of virtues, culture and human dynamics? This process includes a core instructional piece on CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE, ORGANIZATIONAL INTELLIGENCE, AND FUNCTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.

C. RESTORATION – The process of restoring the whole person, with a new awareness of natural intelligence and natural thinking. This phase merges the way things are (invariant principles) with the way we perceive them to be (variant principles). The goal is to reshape the individual’s approach to social realities through incorporation of a functional intelligence engine fueled by creative and organizational intelligences.

There are several other areas of interest and concern for students that the Exceptional Mind and Student Success curriculum engages. Chief among these are the Great Restrictors. The program identifies four powerful restrictors that cause us to lose focus, confuse our priorities and make our goals less attainable. In our sessions, we acknowledge these restrictors in the students’ lives and present numerous ways to eliminate them.

From the above, the program advances to the examination of “The Virtues.” There we emphasize the value of pursuing virtues such as patience, endurance, clarity, courage, strength, honesty, cooperation, determination, and more. Discussions are held concerning virtue and intelligence. Understanding the relationship between virtues and intelligence implies employing these virtues in all of our actions. The plan here is to minimize the students’ restrictive instincts, which are the feelings that keep them from learning, by relating their instincts to virtues.

Other factors such as Cultural and Human Dynamics are also addressed. Models of various positive and negative character traits are presented to students. Discussions are generated aligning students with these models, showing where they are now and where they will be—or may not be—in the future.

For additional information regarding The Exceptional Mind and Student Success, or to request an excerpt from the workbook that has been developed in connection with the program, please contact the Gilchrist Institute press@Gilchristforum.com


About the Author: Dr. Robert Flower is founder and director of the Gilchrist Institute for Achievement Sciences, a sociopolitical/economic think tank established in 1982, Doctor Robert Flower discovered the Laws of Potential, which are based upon nature as a systems model. This led to the fundamental principles of multidimensional thinking.
Robert J. Flower, Ph.D., Director The Gilchrist Institute for the Achievement Sciences | Bronxville, NY (914) 779-6299 press@gilchristforum.com www.gilchristInstitute.com  www.drbobflower.com

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