Student Success Courses: Developing Common Learning Outcomes That Improve Consistency & Effectiveness
This session will provide an overview of how two-year colleges in Arkansas recently developed common learning outcomes for student success courses. Intended to provide a forum for faculty from across the state to discuss the critical needs of students as they matriculate through their first year at a community college, this effort is making some important statements; most notably, that a consistent, high-impact pathway of success during the first year of college is more important than we ever knew.
In this webinar, we will review success courses from a national perspective, including highly ranked topics, goals, and objectives. We will also take a close look at survey results showing commonalities in student success course topics across the Arkansas community college population.
Participants will learn about the journey the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges and its member colleges embarked upon to identify students’ most common critical needs for success. The common learning outcomes for student success courses collectively identified by college faculty will be shared and discussed, as well as how institutions are using the outcomes to improve the consistency and impact of their student success courses. Finally, we will discuss the continuing professional development needs identified by faculty to support successful implementation of the learning outcomes.
- Understand the need for statewide, agreed-upon common learning outcomes for success courses
- See an example of a plan to identify common learning outcomes
- Leave with strategies for organizing faculty and obtaining buy-in for a multi-college project
- Be guided through steps taken to engage and sustain engagement of faculty
- Learn about process and rationale for selecting particular learning outcomes for student success courses
- Examine the common learning outcomes for student success courses identified by faculty
- Gain examples of how learning outcomes are being used by institutions and faculty to improve the consistency and impact of student success courses
- Identify on-going faculty professional development needs to successfully implement learning outcomes
Who Should Attend?
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Student Services/Affairs
- Advising & Counseling
- Retention Specialists
- First Year Experience Coordinators
- Any educator interested in student success