Benedictine creates class to help students better prepare for classes and improve academic performance

March 11, 2014

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Mesa, Arizona ~ BenB 099 is not the name of the latest tablet or smartphone but its premise is based upon similar principles – to successfully integrate its user into a pattern of behavior that helps its user achieve success.

BenB 099 is a College Success Skills class at Benedictine University at Mesa created to help new students make the most out of their college experience by offering them a tuition-free eight-week course designed to improve academic performance.

“Our goal is to help our students succeed in their first year of college and get the most out of our Next Generation Learning, problem-based academic environment,” said Carrie Lewis, Ph.D., an instructional designer at Benedictine University at Mesa.

The free, no-credit course provides training to Benedictine students in time management, study skills, navigating technology, understanding the financial aid process, library research and how to successfully manage finals week among other topics.

“We provide students information and answer their questions on topics that will help their lives in and out of the classroom,” Lewis said.

Service to others is a core value at Benedictine – named the fastest-growing university in the country by The Chronicle of Higher Education and among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013 by education and technology blog edcetera. The University provides a private, values-based education grounded in history, heritage and Catholic tradition.

For more information about Benedictine, please visit or the Gregory Enrollment Center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105 in downtown Mesa, or contact us at (602) 888-5533 or

The University is accepting applications for fall 2014 enrollment.

Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Education and technology blog edcetera named Benedictine University at Mesa among 10 universities in the nation on the cutting edge of tech for 2013.

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