How To Retain First-Year Students: Helping Them Navigate Emotional, Motivational & Social Challenges
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Beginning a college career can be both exhilarating and frightening for students. While the transitions and adjustments may differ from student to student, the fact remains that everyone experiences some level of challenge in their first year.
It is important to realize that these adjustments go beyond academics. Financial, motivational, social, and emotional issues can create roadblocks to success. While student success depends on academic skills, resilience in school and life depends on how well students can navigate these non-academic challenges. The research is clear: when it comes to student attrition, challenges in areas such as finances, off-campus employment, and dependent care often outweigh academic factors.
This webinar will place essential non-academic and psychosocial success skills (relationship building, resource utilization, priority management, and habits of personal well-being) within a framework of underlying principles of student success. We will discuss how to connect particular non-academic issues to specific strategies that can be applied immediately. Participants will also be able to identify and commit to institutional and classroom strategies that can improve student retention and persistence rates. Finally, participants will begin to develop their own call-to-action implementation plan to enhance student retention and persistence on their campuses.
- Appreciate how factors contributing to student attrition often operate in combination, not in isolation
- Identify specific key transitional and adjustment issues facing first-year students
- Describe typical assumptions, needs, and challenges of first-year students
- Rank the top three challenges first-year students face at their college
- Match specific strategies to specific non-academic challenges
- Appreciate how establishing a sense of personal meaning and self-efficacy will help their students persist to the realization of their goals
- Begin to develop an implementation plan for their campuses to apply session strategies and insights
Who Should Attend?
- 2 & 4-year institutions
- First-Year Experience Coordinators
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Enrollment Services
- Retention Specialist
- Diversity Directors
- Anyone involved in first-year student success & retention