College Survival consultants
are a team of educators and higher education professionals who provide full-time support helping educators establish and maintain effective student success programs. In an effort to be as responsive as possible, we continue to offer exceptional consulting services, collaborative annual conferences and regional workshops
plus more on-campus trainings
than ever before.
Our purpose is to help you
- Implement new courses
- Expand or improve existing ones
- Ensure the achievement of course objectives
The College Survival consulting team
is available to assist you during any stage of student success program development. For help with designing course curriculum, conducting research, or instructor support and training, send your e-mail request directly to the consultants' internet mailbox.
We want to hear from you. Send an E-mail message by clicking on an address below:
You can also contact a College Survival consultant by calling our toll-free number: (800) 528-8323
or write to us at:College Survival/Houghton Mifflin
2075 Foxfield Rd. Suite 100
St. Charles, IL 60174
is a Consultant for College Survival. Prior
to working for College Survival, Rochelle was a mathematics instructor and faculty advisor.
As a mathematics instructor, she has 17 years of experience at both the secondary and higher
education levels, which ranges from differential equations to developmental mathematics. As a
faculty advisor for Houghton Mifflin for 3 years, she provided training in Eduspace and other
technology supplements to mathematics faculty. In addition to consulting for the Houghton Mifflin
Student Success texts, Rochelle's expertise includes: math study skills, cognitive development in
the mathematics classroom, graphing calculators, computer graphing programs and math anxiety.
She has presented at several math conferences, such as AMATYC, NISOD, NCTM and RCML. Rochelle
earned her A. A. at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M College-Miami, OK; B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics
at Pittsburg State University-Pittsburg, KS; and has a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and
Curriculum Development with an emphasis in Mathematics Education from the University of Oklahoma-Norman, OK.
Ellen Baker Derwin
has 14 years of experience in higher education and four years of experience as a manager in the non-profit sector. She has been an administrator at both public and private universities. At Chapman University and the California State University system, Ellen developed and marketed online teacher credential and professional development programs for K-12 teachers. As the director of business and education partnerships at DeVry University, she designed career awareness programs for high school counselors and teachers and initiated a nationwide program to inspire high school girls to pursue careers in business and technology. In each of her positions she has initiated partnerships with K-12 districts, higher education, community-based organizations, and corporations. Ellen has experience teaching business communication, psychology and student success courses, and is currently an adjunct instructor for Corinthian Colleges and Chapman University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Denison University, a Master's degree in Social Ecology from the University of CA at Irvine, and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. Currently, Ellen is enrolled in Fielding Graduate University's doctoral program in Media Psychology.
is a Program
Manager for College Survival. She also coordinates the College
Survival training workshops for clients all across the country.
Jennifer began her college teaching career at Arkansas State
University-Beebe. At this community college she designed the
Developmental Reading Program and taught Developmental English.
Prior to joining Houghton Mifflin College Survival, she worked
at Harding University with Student Support Services as the
Academic Coordinator. In this role she coordinated a peer-tutoring
program and taught a study skills course. She developed a
learning community program and a peer-mentoring program called
CAPS (Coaches and Players).
While working at Harding, Jennifer was asked to be a part
of the team to develop questions for the Accuplacer test for
English and reading. She was one of only two reading professors
on the team. She understands the test and knows the parameters
used to create it.
An active member of several professional organizations, Jennifer
served as president of the Arkansas Association for Developmental
Education, conference chair for the 1996 NADE conference and
conference chair for 2000 and 2001 National Tutoring Association
Conferences. Jennifer is the immediate Past-President of the
Arkansas Tutoring Association. She continues to present at
state and national conferences.
Jennifer earned her Ed.D. at Memphis State University in Curriculum
and Instruction (Reading). She earned her B.A. in Elementary
Education and her M.Ed. in Reading at Harding University.
She is also qualified to teach English, reading, research,
education, and study skills. She has just completed her first
text, Campus Companion , an orientation text to help students
transition to a college campus. Her depth of knowledge and
experience serves her well in her capacity as a College Survival
Maggi Miller is a Program Manager
for Faculty Programs and Training of Houghton Mifflin. Previously,
she was a Professor of Reading and Study Skills at Austin
Community College. While there, she directed the Learning
Communities program and developed the initial Alternative
Teacher Certification program.
She completed her undergraduate work at the University of
Texas at Arlington and earned her Master's of Education Degree
in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at
Austin. Before beginning her teaching career in Austin's public
schools, she was a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America)
developing and directing a tutoring program for low-achieving
children in five elementary schools. Subsequent to graduation,
she managed federally funded projects for the Regional Education
Service Center, disseminating best practices in the area of
She has developed curriculum in reading, study skills, and
vocabulary for students of all ages and is the author of Laughter
Is a Basic Skill, a book about using humor to teach reading.
Maggi has long been active in local, state, and national professional
organizations, and has been recognized by the International
Reading Association "for exemplary service in the promotion
of literacy." She has presented over 100 workshops and has
been training educators for over 25 years. She currently serves
on the board of Reading is FUNdamental of Austin, a literacy
program which serves over 20,000 children annually. She has
also served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal
of Adolescent and Adult Literacy for 4 years.
Maggi's husband, Dan, is retired from the Austin Independent
School District and her daughter, Belle, is a student at Texas