A colleague (Dr. Amanda Almond) passed the following resource along to me:
This is a guide for colleges to use when thinking about how to support “whole students” during their first year or so of college. It comes from an organization that focuses on the role of mental health in helping students achieve during their time in college.
The organization also has events and virtual speakers, and I think we could potentially host one at our campus. You can see some of their featured speakers here:
I understand that we may have some funds available for supporting student mental health through the CARES Act. Is anyone else interested in seeing if the Student Ready Committee could help sponsor and organize one of these events?
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.
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
Hi all & Happy Spring!
I attended the Online Learning Committee’s (OLAC) presentation to the department chairs today and one issue that was raised during the meeting was getting student prepared to take online courses before they do. I thought that this dovetails with our discussions about getting students ready for City Tech overall and I thought it would be ideal if students had their first taste of online learning in a online course they would take in July or August before the first day of classes. This would replace the in-person class that the college used to offer and that no longer is offered due to lack of resources.
This online course could make use of a virtual tour of the campus building either animated or in video form and a range of other resources. I think members of the OLAC committee, many of whom have years of doing online courses here at City Tech could be involved in this initiative. Just some thoughts for our next meeting.
I thought that this article from my alma mater, UCONN, featured an interesting initiative that would be useful to all our students, but particularly freshman students. It is about a mailbox with a journal that students can write anonymously about their experiences and people can reply. It was started by the counseling department and now has begun a campus tradition that students find very helpful. See article at:
Hope you enjoy the article. Best, T. Goetz