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Creating a Supportive but Challenging Educational Experience. First Year Students at ISU. 53% female 30% domestic minority 3.04 average high school gpa 50% are Pell-funded 20% are 21 st Century Scholars 64% are first-generation college students. First Year Students at ISU.

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first year students at isu
First Year Students at ISU
  • 53% female
  • 30% domestic minority
  • 3.04 average high school gpa
  • 50% are Pell-funded
  • 20% are 21st Century Scholars
  • 64% are first-generation college students
first year students at isu1
First Year Students at ISU
  • Approximately 12% are conditionally admitted
  • Survey of Indiana high school students found that students reported studying, on average, fewer than 5 hours per week
  • Approximately 78% of college students work, and on average, students work about 30 hours per week
    • About 25% of full-time college students work full time
generation y or millennials
Generation “Y” ORMillennials
  • Birth Yrs: 1982 to 2002
  • 70 to 95 Million
  • 30% of U.S. population
  • 34% Minority
  • “Digital Natives”
generation y or millennials1
Generation “Y” ORMillennials
  • Team oriented
  • Enjoy strong connections with parents and friends
  • Earlier focus on college, jobs, and salary
  • Multi-taskers
  • 20-25% of students who visit a University health clinic for cold symptoms turn out to be depressed
  • Negotiators
what does this mean for how we teach millenials
What does this mean for how we teach Millenials?
  • Created by Michael Wesch
  • Conducted with 200 students at Kansas State University
best practices for student learning student success
Best Practices for Student Learning & Student Success
  • Level of academic challenge
  • Active and collaborative learning
  • Student interactions with faculty
  • Enriching educational experiences
  • Supportive campus environment

* George Kuh (2005). Student Success in College: Creating Conditions that Matter.

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Best Practices for Student Learning & Student Success
  • Active involvement
  • Social integration (collaboration and formation of personal relationships)
  • Personal reflection
  • Personal meaning
  • Personal validation

Cuseo, J. (2007, July). “Seven Central Principles of Student Success: Key Processes Associated with Positive Student Outcomes.”

building rapport
Building Rapport
  • Initial rapport built with students can set the tone for the course
    • Get to know your students, and allow them to get to know you
    • Maintain and share your sense of humor
    • Use personal examples
    • Make appointments to meet with students outside of class
    • Learn names
express interest
Express Interest
  • … about students’ well-being
  • … about students’ experience in college
  • … in students’ perceptions of the course
  • Provide time before and after class to talk with students informally
  • Reserve some class time for “open forums”
relevance
Relevance
  • Connecting course content to students’ lives and experiences
  • Especially important for minority students and first generation students
information collected
Information Collected
  • Profile Information
    • Gender and race/ethnicity
    • Entrance exam scores
    • # credit hours enrolled
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Credit Hours Earned
  • Academic Integration
    • Academic Self-Efficacy
    • Basic Academic Behaviors
    • Advanced Academic Behaviors
    • Commitment to Education
  • Self-Assessment
    • Communication Skills
    • Analytical Skills
    • Self-Discipline
    • Time Management
    • Health and Wellness
    • Financial Issues
  • Social Integration
    • Homesickness
    • Peer Connections
    • Living Environment (on/off campus)
    • Roommate Relationships
    • Campus Involvement
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