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Student Support (Re)defined:. How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer. Let’s Talk. Thinking back, what would you say was most important to your success as a student ? What do you think is most important to students’ success today ?. General research question.

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Student support re defined

Student Support (Re)defined:

How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer


Let s talk
Let’s Talk

  • Thinking back, what would you say was most important to your success as a student?

  • What do you think is most important to students’ success today?

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


General research question
General research question

In an environment of extreme scarcity, which student support activities can be delivered inside and outside of the classroom to improve success for all students, paying special attention to African-American and Latino learners?

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Six success factors
Six success factors

  • Directed: Students have a goal and know how to achieve it

  • Focused: Students stay on track—keeping their eyes on the prize

  • Nurtured: Students feel somebody wants them to succeed as a student and helps them succeed

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Six success factors cont
Six success factors (cont.)

  • Connected: Students feel they are part of the college community

  • Engaged: Students actively listen and participate in class and are involved in extracurricular activities

  • Valued: Students’ skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Participating colleges
Participating colleges

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Students weigh in
Students weigh in

In surveys and focus groups with nearly 900 students from 12 California community colleges, we learned:

Which factors are most important to their success

How they have experienced those factors

What they recommend colleges could do to strengthen these factors

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Study participants
Study participants

Survey: 785 students (12 CCCs)

  • 36% current students, 32% completers, 32% leavers

  • 30% first generation

  • 32% white, 31% Latino, 25% African American, 12% other

    Focus groups: 102 current students (4 CCCs)

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Study participants cont
Study participants (cont.)

Among survey participants…

71% had taken an assessment test

61% received need-based financial aid

40% had seen a counselor

36% had an edplan on record

14% were in EOPS

7% were in DSPS

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Directed student voices
Directed: Student Voices

I came here for liberal arts and then I got offered to take several human resources and business classes. I was doing well in these classes and just going along and the professor asked me, “What are you here for? What are you doing?” I said, “Just having fun and stuff.” He said, “You really need to focus on something.” So it was the instructor that helped me choose a direction.

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Directed key findings
Directed: Key Findings

Having direction…

Often extends beyond an academic goal--79% thought seeing a connection between their success in college and their life goals was important to their progress

Impacted significantly by counselors and faculty who help with goal selection, ed plan development and monitoring progress

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Directed ge observations
Directed: GE Observations

Students reported struggling to find direction, particularly regarding what courses they need to take and major milestones toward their educational goals.

If counselors and faculty were proactive with undecided and first-generation students about GE as a pathway, it could make a significant difference in the progress and success of these learners.

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Focused student voices
Focused: Student Voices

On my college website, they have a “degree works” system where I can go and check all the classes I’ve taken. And I keep looking at it when I’m a little down. I think, “Oh, I’m almost there.” So, it’s kind of a big motivator. I see my grades and what I’ve accomplished and it lifts my spirits.

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Focused key findings
Focused: Key Findings

Being focused…

Prioritized by students as most important to their success

Defined as…

  • Having self-motivation

  • Doing the work required

  • Managing time effectively and efficiently

    For African Americans and Latinos, significantly influenced by access to financial aid and the ability to register for classes

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Focused ge observations
Focused: GE Observations

Concentrating support on the first year only is not sufficient, particularly to help students toward transfer

While many students arrive to college motivated, their drive needs to be continuously stoked and augmented with additional support in order for success to be realized—clear and engaging GE pathways could help

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Let s talk fostering direction and focus
Let’s Talk: Fostering Direction and Focus

Have your GE Transfer efforts supported students in establishing a direction and keeping their focus?

What seems to be working?

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Engaged student voices
Engaged:Student Voices

For me [engagement] happens in the classroom, outside of the classroom and in activities. . . . For me it’s important to do all three. That’s just the type of learner I am because I’m not just here to . . . be in the classroom and engage in the classroom and then leave and not engage. I have to because otherwise I’ll forget what I just learned or it’s a waste of time for me to be here.

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Engaged key findings
Engaged: Key Findings

Being engaged…

Happens inside and outside of classroom

Significantly influenced by teachers

Is not always recognized as important by students (and needs to be)

For African-American and Latino students, engagement is notably impacted by the presence or absence of academic support

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Engaged ge observations
Engaged: GE Observations

Instructional approaches matter—students said they learn best when instructors (1) careabout their students, (2) challenged learners to do the best they could and (3) are interestedin what their students thought.

Many high impact practices break down the classroom walls by helping students engage with other students, with the larger community, and the world

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Connected student voices
Connected: Student Voices

I think . . . making the student feel more connected, it sort of lies a bit within the professors as well. Because there’s been some classes where the professor has one or two tests a semester and doesn’t lecture and it’s all based on the book. And you don’t feel very connected to that class. Whereas you can have a professor that fully engages you in lectures. There’s classwork spread throughout the whole semester and you can see he really cares. You’re more motivated to go to that class to be at the school.

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Connected key findings
Connected: Key Findings

Feeling connected…

Goes hand-in-hand with being engaged (one often leads to the other)

Most often facilitated by faculty

Is more important to younger students

May be an area of focus for African-American students who say they learn best when working with others but are often alone on campus

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Connected ge observations
Connected: GE Observations

Transfer students often don’t feel connected to community colleges because it is a temporary stop toward a larger goal—there may not be a sense of pride in being at a community college

Connection isn’t just an issue for students—practitioners may be just as disconnected

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Let s talk strengthening engagement and connection
Let’s Talk: Strengthening Engagement and Connection

Have your GE Transfer efforts supported engagement and connection among students or practitioners?

What seems to be working?

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Nurtured student voices
Nurtured: Student Voices

The first day I came to campus to register, I was lost and didn’t know where to go. I unintentionally ended up in DSPS office and there’s a lady that sits in front. . . . She was very helpful to me. She actually told me exactly what I have to do. . . . She even sat down with me on the computer to help me finish my registration. And she has been very helpful since then. I really feel that . . . when somebody cares about you, it makes you more responsible. Because she's been taking care of me, I think that I have to do my best. Whenever she talks about me she says, "This is the student that I helped and he’s so successful."

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Nurtured key findings
Nurtured: Key Findings

Being nurtured…

Serves as a catalyst for other success factors

Cited as a critical motivator of academic progress

Fostered in a range of ways—both small gestures and more comprehensive approaches

Particularly important to African-American students (others wanting them to succeed)

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Nurtured ge observations
Nurtured: GE Observations

Job title is not important in providing nurturing—this support can come from anyone

Having a coherent approach for providing nurturing through a core curricular pathway can help build a larger culture of student success

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Valued student voices
Valued: Student Voices

I worked in a particular field so I bring my professional experience to the classroom and I feel that's valued. I've been told I bring an enormous professional background, specifically in debates and in answering questions about my professional experience and organization . . . .I'm able to make arguments about why you don't do certain things . . . So, yeah, in that sense, I feel very valued.

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Valued key findings
Valued: Key Findings

Feeling valued…

Happens in a range of ways

  • Performing community service

  • Providing feedback to instructors, college

  • Sharing family history, culture and traditions

  • Mentoring other students

  • Taking leadership roles

    Prioritized by African-American, Latino, EOPS and first-generation students as important to their success

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Valued ge observations
Valued: GE Observations

Roughly three quarters of survey participants cited giving back through community service as a key opportunity to demonstrate value

Many high impact practices give students opportunities to share their expertise as with community-based research, service learning, and civic engagement

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Ge transfer nurturing students and recognizing value
GE Transfer: Nurturing Students and Recognizing Value

Have your GE Transfer efforts nurtured students or made students feel valued?

What seems to be working?

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


Final questions
Final Questions

How could you document the way high impact practices foster students' motivation and ability to succeed in the postsecondary environment?

How can all "six success factors" be integrated into college-specific approaches, with an express focus on the equity gap?

How could GE transfer be structured to ensure that everyone has a role to play in supporting students, particularly faculty?

The RP Group | How Student Voices Could Help Redefine General Education Transfer | March 2013


For more information on student support re defined
For more information on Student Support (Re)defined

http://www.rpgroup.org/projects/student-support

Dr. Darla Cooper, Project Director

dcooper@rpgroup.org