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Educational Consulting

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:

Ellen Baker Derwin (full biography)
Jennifer Hurd, Ed.D (full biography)
Program Manager
Maggi Miller (full biography)
Program Manager

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

Rochelle Beatty 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.

Jennifer Hurd
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 Program Manager.

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 teaching reading.

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 State University.

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