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Tracking & Retaining Commuter Students: How To Engage Your Off-Campus Population. Dr. Amy Golden Director for Strategic Initiatives Amy.golden@asu.edu. Why are you attending this presentation?.

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Tracking & Retaining Commuter Students: How To Engage Your Off-Campus Population

Dr. Amy Golden

Director for Strategic Initiatives

Amy.golden@asu.edu

why are you attending this presentation
Why are you attending this presentation?

My institution has no specialized services/programs for or means to engage off-campus and/or commuter students.

My institution has limited services/programs for or means to engage off-campus and/or commuter students.

My institution has limited funding for off-campus and/or commuter student services.

My institution is interested in tracking and retaining off-campus and/or commuter students.

webinar agenda
Webinar Agenda
  • Definition
  • Practice based in theory
  • Trends & Needs
  • Engagement vs. Programming
  • Successful Programs and Services
  • Additional Resources
who are commuter students
Who are Commuter Students?

“Traditional age” student living in family’s home

“Traditional age” student living off campus

Transfer student

Veteran student

Adult learner/Non-traditional age student (25 years or older)

Married student

Student with dependent(s)

Online learner

definitions
Definitions

ASU’s definition of COMMUTER Students

  • A student who lives at their permanent address
  • ALL Commuter Students are Off-Campus students
multiple life r oles
Multiple Life Roles

Family

Professional Development

Student

Campus Activities/ Student Orgs

Academics

Social Life/Work

Elliptical Orbit Model – John Nonnamaker, Providence College, Rhode Island

1 need transportation
#1 Need - Transportation
  • parking, traffic, transportation schedules, inclement weather, maintaining a car, costs
    • have you ever looked into a commuter’s car?
1 trend sustainability
#1 Trend - Sustainability
  • being a “green” commuter
    • challenges and/or deterrents
developing a sense of belonging
Developing a Sense of Belonging
  • need to feel wanted
  • physical space
  • need opportunities
  • interaction with faculty
  • interaction with other students
  • engagement and success
did you know
Did you know…?

Students who live off-campus and commute have a higher freshman retention rate than residential students.

best practices
Best Practices
  • Drexel University

http://drexel.edu/oca/c/CT_Programming_Curriculum.asp

  • The Ohio State University

http://offcampus.osu.edu/

  • Grand Rapids Community College

http://cms.grcc.edu/foodpantry

community liaisons
Community Liaisons
  • Students who reside in apartment community
  • assist with problem-solving efforts
  • educate students regarding their rights and responsibilities
  • coordinate social programming
  • CL’s are university employees
    • work 6-8 hrs/wk at OCCSS front desk
    • works 2-4 hrs/wk with apartment community
peer mentors
Peer Mentors
  • Pilot program
  • Team concept
  • Matched commuter student with:
      • faculty (same class)
      • peer mentor commuter student
  • Met in small groups
best practices cont
Best Practices cont.
  • University of Maryland

http://thestamp.umd.edu/student_involvement/off-campus_student_life

  • Town Gown Certificate Program

http://www.itgau.org/certificateprogram/description

national resources
National Resources

ACPA Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners

http://www.myacpa.org/comm/commuter/

National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs

http://nccp.nsuok.edu/

CAS Standards: Commuter and Off-Campus Living Programs

http://www.cas.edu/getpdf.cfm?PDF=E8691D43-F622-313D-B58D3B648AED9A55

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Dr. Amy Golden

Director for Strategic Initiatives

Arizona State University

amy.golden@asu.edu

(480) 965-7661

Off-Campus & Commuter Student Services

http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/reslife/occss