First-Year Transition Issues: How Advisors Can Positively Impact A Student’s First Term
Challenge - Helping First-Year Students Adjust To College Life
Students transitioning from high school to college will arrive on campus and are not prepared for some challenges they will inevitably encounter and are likely to experience anxiety, especially at the beginning of the semester. Unpreparedness can lead to poor academic performance and low retention rates. For the student who hopes to earn a college education, this is a problem. It is also a problem for the institution in that higher attrition rates affect everything from efficient resource allocation to budget shortfalls.
This webinar will address common speedbumps that can block first-year college student success, such as late registration, misguided expectations about the college environment, a gap in knowledge for online courses or financial aid, etc. By learning how to set these expectations for students properly, we can close the gap and lead students to success.
“Transitioning from high school to college is a phase that every student must face at one point in their life. Because of the differences in high school life and college life, the transition comes with a myriad of challenges. Notwithstanding personal problems that anyone may have, there are common problems that every freshmen face. While some of these challenges may be mild, some issues might run deeper and if they fail to attend them in a right way.” - Rick Riddle
When academic advisors set clear expectations on common speedbumps such as the financial aid process or taking online classes, students have a greater chance to succeed. The reality is that students are enrolling in college who are not fully equipped to manage their new set of expectations. Many have never had to apply to go to school before. Most have not taken an online class or had to be a self-starter when it comes to their assignments. There is a gap between what students think they know about college and what they need to know.
Join us as we discuss evidence-based best practices academic advisors can immediately use to equip high school students to negotiate the challenges they will encounter as soon as they arrive on campus. Although everything discussed will be theory-based, the primary focus of the discussion will be applications-oriented. Examples will show how the strategies explained can be effectively implemented in a diverse range of settings. Finally, the effects that COVID-19 has had on the preparation of today’s college students will be explored to minimize the negative influences the pandemic has caused.
- Identify common challenges that new students face when enrolling in college with an emphasis on financial aid, online coursework, and expected workload.
- Explore the changes precipitated by COVID-19 in how academic advisors approach their responsibility to help students make a successful transition from high school to college.
- Determine key obstacles that different student populations (traditional, non-traditional, international, etc.) face that can deter their academic progress. For example, a first-time student taking all online classes, a non-traditional student having to take remedial/developmental coursework, etc.
- Demonstrate best practices on how to set clear expectations when addressing challenges to the enrollment and matriculation processes.
- Explain how academic advisors can work with other professionals across campus to maximize the potential for success for new students.
- Discuss the specific interventions and modifications that can help these students succeed in the total college experience.
- Demonstrate evidence-based best practices for providing additional services (remedial and/or developmental) to students who could benefit from this kind of supplemental support.
- Critique real-life case studies of college students who overcame the challenges they faced upon entering college (with the help of appropriate interventions from academic advisors).
- Academic Advising and Retention
- Academic Affairs/Advising Faculty
- Career Services/Career Center
- Orientation and Advising
- Admissions and Recruitment
- Enrollment Management
- Student Services/Affairs
- Housing and Residence Life
- Student Conduct
- Any educator interested in learning more about how to help college freshmen adjust
Incoming freshmen have the potential to reach their academic goals. Academic advisors are essential when it comes to setting necessary expectations for our students. If given the proper tools, students can overcome the speedbumps they encounter.
Rachael Finn is a May 2020 graduate of the master’s degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Western Kentucky University. She completed her B.A from WKU in 2006 in Sociology. Rachael has worked in higher education since 2012. She has worked in Admissions/Recruitment and Career Services before landing in Academic Advising at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in 2019. While in the master’s program, her internship provided her the opportunity to teach a dual credit First Year Experience course. Being an at-risk student herself, Rachael focuses on helping students set their goals and enjoys coaching students towards success.
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Before joining the faculty in 1991, he spent 10 years in progressive administrative positions, including five years as the Associate Director of University Housing at WKU. He was also head of the department of Counseling and Student Affairs for five years before returning to the faculty full-time in 2008. Dr. Hughey has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, and Northern Illinois University. He has authored (or co-authored) over 60 refereed publications on a wide range of issues including leadership and student development, standardized testing, diversity, legal issues (including compliance), technology, and educational administration. He regularly presents at national and international conferences and consults extensively with companies and schools. He also provides training and professional development programs on a variety of topics centered on student success; working with at-risk students is one of his specialties.
Bios current as of June 2021.
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