I know I’m not alone when I recall how challenging my first year of college was. I grew up in a very small town and suddenly found myself in a big city with kids from all over the U.S. who knew more about well, everything. It took a lot of courage to stay and believe in myself enough to know that I could learn fast and excel.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) knows my story all to well. That’s why they’re committed to helping students through their new program “Reimagining the First Year”.
Faculty are the single most important factor in making a smooth transition into college. A meaningful connection with even one teacher early in a student’s college experience can help them to feel they belong and stay in school. I know exactly who that teacher was for me, and I’m sure you know who it was for you.
I was privileged to capture this keynote by Carla Hickman with the Education Advisory Board at the AASCU conference. Here she outlines 6 roles faculty play in student success.