First Year Student Success: Integrating Advising, Teaching & Learning
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A wide variety of mediating factors contribute to a student's academic success and achievement during the first year of college. Research suggests that there are patterned variables that influence success, whereas practitioners argue that academic success for students is highly idiosyncratic and individualized. Colleges and Universities are challenged then to design support programs with best practices that not only reflect research in higher education, but also to provide services that are attentive to individual needs.
This session examines Bryant University's innovative approach to supporting students during their first year and beyond. The University has designed a support system intentionally integrating three functional areas of the institution: Advising, The First-Year Experience, and Learning Assistance. The design of the support system lays the "foundation" for academic success and retention during the first year through graduation. The purpose of the presentation is to provide attendees with the information and tools to create a similar integrated model at their institutions. Participants will be provided with a packet including curriculum materials from the First-Year Experience course, and practical advice will be offered for implementation ideas. Successes and challenges will be explored.
- Learn how technology in advising is used to augment advisees' connection to the University's advising system
- Review how advisee assignments are intentionally linked with the first-year experience course
- Examine how the first-year experience course's innovative curriculum is designed to foster student participation in learning assistance programming and advising services
- Explore how the program is assessed for continuous improvement efforts
- Analyze longitudinal data that demonstrates how the model has functioned to decrease probation and dismissal numbers
Who Should Attend?
- Administrators Responsible For Advising
- First Year Experience Coordinators
- Faculty Who Teach FYE Courses
- Learning Assistance Staff
- Anyone involved in student success and retention