Improve the Student Experience by Effectively Communicating Free Campus Resources

 
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Attending college can be a rewarding, yet challenging experience for all students at various stages of life. As these students embark on their journey to complete a life-long achievement, a diverse spectrum of unfamiliar circumstances can impact their accomplishments or failures on campus and in the classroom. Factors such as new learning environments, course rigor, campus location, and class size can pose challenges to students who are aiming to successfully complete their coursework and persist to the next term. A common goal at many institutions is to minimize student risk factors to foster an environment of success and low levels of attrition.

Students are often unaware of the resources available to them that can benefit and assist with their day-to-day activities. Vanessa Miller, a graduate student at Teachers College at Columbia University, wrote an article for the USA Today titled, “5 campus resources you should use more often.” Miller describes different resources that students should take advantage of while they are on campus. These resources include campus organizations, academic advising, intramural sports, student union(s), and  other students and professors.

The article also mentions on-campus advocacy resources that can deliver positive results for students. For instance, campus organizations allow for individuals to meet other creative students and campus members, often with like mindsets. This like-minded social interaction leads to high levels of acceptance, which is critical to short and long-term student success.  We often hear knowledge is power – it is up to us as the student advocates to empower our youth by way of good, clean communication and direction.

Notably, academic advising provides the critical guidance students need to take the most efficient path to graduation. Intramural sports promote additional opportunities to interact with peers along with physical exercise and wellness. A student union provides commonality and a meeting place for students to eat together, utilize meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, and find campus support services. Finally, communicating with other students, alumni and faculty can offer mentorship opportunities, life-long relationships, and social interaction on campus.

The Academic Advising Resource Plays a Vital Role in Student Retention

Of these 5 campus resources, academic advising tends to be one of the least utilized resources by students. According to the NACADA 2011 National Survey of Academic Advising, one out of three students admit to rarely or never using academic advising or coaching. According to a separate report by the Center for Community Colleges Student Engagement, students who reported that they met with their advisor were more engaged than students who did not meet with their advisor. This important resource can allow students and advisors to create a guided academic pathway, register for the right classes, discuss credit requirements, learning opportunities, and many more.

The number of essential resources on campus can seem endless and may not be easily accessible by faculty, staff, or students. As a student, it is vital to understand the resources available on campus and it is equally important for academic advisors and coaches to have the means available in order to share these resources in a timely, effective manner.  

Aviso Retention Resource Guide

Aviso Retention promotes proactive communication between students, advisors and faculty members with the ability to share and explain dynamic on campus resources.

Through Aviso Retention’s enterprise solution, advisors can send both on and off-campus resources to students and receive insights on which resource referrals best impact student success. Resources give a student all the information they need about a particular resource in an easy-to-consume format.

 
 
Krista Carver