Our work is part of a nation wide conversation. Let’s keep talking and creating an environment where we grow more student-ready each day.
To revisit our 2nd meeting’s discussion on resources, I feel the Excelsior Scholarship should be listed under the Financial Aid section of the webpage we reviewed. Students interested in applying for the scholarship have expressed confusion about eligibility and the application process. While Financial Aid’s webpage does offer information, a specific link in their section under Resources for Advisement would provide additional accessibility.
I read a great article from the NY Times that I found to be apropos of this discussion. As mentioned in the article, I think predictive analytics would be very useful. Data from past students’ records high school grades, SAT scores, Regents scores, etc) create a “profile” we use to help identify incoming students who have a stronger likelihood of poor academic performance. The next step would be offering the necessary, relevant supports for success. We shouldn’t be waiting for students to ask for help, we should be reaching out to them.
I’m not sure if any of you have already read this article or if it’s already been posted here somewhere, but in case you’d like to read it: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/02/opinion/sunday/graduation-rates-wayne-state.html