“We don’t view the students as on a conveyor belt. ... They re all different people, there s a lot of dive sity here. All of us care about that and value that in each student.”
“I’ve learned that I can’t just say, ‘It s your credit, it s your money.’ ...
ou have to get in there with these students. It s important to me for them to succeed, not just in this class, but in life.”
22 2009 Findings
Is Your College a Connected College?
Colleges can use the guide below to prompt discussions about how well they are con- necting with their students. To what extent is your college doing each of these things (e.g., not at all, under discussion, partial implementation, or full implementation)?
Does your college …
★ Design experiences to ensure that all students make personal connections with other students, faculty, and sta during their earliest contacts with the college?
★ Create required cohort-based experiences, such as learning communities, study groups, rst-year seminars, and the like, to intentionally promote interaction among students?
★ Assign someone to serve as a primary contact for each new student (e.g., another student, advisor, success coach, mentor, etc.)?
★ Systematically inquire about students’ use of various technologies, including course management systems, the Internet, and social networking tools?
★ Systematically inquire about faculty and sta members’ use of various technologies, including course management systems, the Internet, and social networking tools?
★ Provide professional development for faculty on ways to engage students for academic purposes through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other social networking technolo- gies? Provide this training to both full-time and part-time faculty?
★ Require orientation and training for students on the use of technologies employed by the college, rather than assume that they know how to use them?
★ Promote student connections with college services and sta by integrating services into organized courses?
★ Ensure that the college’s online courses consistently incorporate engagement strate- gies that promote student-student and student-faculty interaction?
★ Ensure that evening and online students have access to the services they need at times and in locations that t their schedules?
★ Establish and enforce academic policies regarding acceptable/encouraged and unac- ceptable uses of social networking technologies and electronic devices during class time?
★ Ensure that students have access to computers for uses related to their studies (e.g., computer labs, loaned laptops, etc.)?
★ Provide free, easily accessible Internet access throughout the campus?
★ Provide adequate, user-friendly support for use of broadband and wireless technolo- gies on campus and for online learning?
★ Provide comfortable, open spaces for students, faculty, and sta to interact?
★ Ensure that all full-time and part-time faculty members have adequate space to meet with students outside of class?
★ Build a college-wide culture of connection and caring?
Making Connections: Dimensions of Student Engagement