Engage ~ Involve ~ LeadPresented by H. Kay Banks, Ed.D.Thrivent Fellows Closing Retreat, June 2012
Learning Beyond the Classroom • Purpose of project was to develop a co-curricular program that would increase Newberry Colleges freshman retention rate. • This project would connect the offices of Academic and Student Affairs by building a collaborative programming relationship. • Project Goals: 1. Increase opportunities for student invovlement through programs, activities and student organizations. 2. Provide a blueprint for the development of a 5 year strategic plan for the Office of Student Affairs that focuses on enhancing the student experience. 3. Implement a plan to engage new students, specifically freshman, into the campus life in order to increase the freshman retention rate from freshman to sophomore year.
Office of Student Affairs• Encourage student life and engagement through a variety of programs, services anddepartments focused on student learning and development.• Support students who may experience personal or academic issues at NewberryCollege by serving as their advoate or guiding them to the approopriate person and/oroffice. Departments and Programs: Campus Security Health Services Residence Life Student Activities Mail Center
Campus EnvironmentAdministrative Transitions• The presidents future left uncertainty about the colleges strategic plan.• Several critical administrative positions remain open which stalls the process to begin and/or enhance new programs and activities.Student Body• Approximately 80% of our student body is from South Carolina• Current freshman retention rate is 64% with a 6-year graduation rate of 34%• Students dissatisfied with lack of college-related activities available in the city• No emphasis on student engagement and integrating new students into campus life.
Project TimelineSummer 2011• Reviewed literature and researched schools that successfully created a co-curricular program or developedstrategies for student engagement. • Identified 2 local ELCA affliated institutions that revised their core curriculum and created co-curricula programs (Lenoir-Rhyne & Roanoke) • Student Success in College (2nd Edition) by George Kuh • Reworking the Student Departure Puzzle edited by John Braxton• Conducted 2 workshops with my staff on assessement and the purpose of co-curricular programs. • Five Initiatives: 1. Multicultural competence 2. Leadership development 3. Health and Wellness 4. Civic Engagement 5. Effective Communication and Social Interaction • On Campus Partners: 1. Center for Student Success 2. Director of First Year Experience 3. Office of DiversitySeptember 2011 - March 2012 • Created programs on a smaller scale through Residence Hall Association that focused on 4 out of the 5 inititiatives
Trials & TribulationsFriends Give Friends A Hand • Budget cuts lead to a collaboration with Academic Affairs on the First Year Experience programHere We Go • A focus on diversity to address racial concerns raised by our African American students and establish training for faculty and staff • The NASCAR experienceBananas • Presidents resignation • Critical staff member departure • Diversity....???A Friend Like You • Lenoir-Rhyne site visit in February
Professional Development •Focused & Strategic • Time and task management skills were tested throughout the project • Developed a 5 year strategic plan for the Office of Student Affairs • Significance • Team member - not a leader • Building relationships The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Future of the Project“I wanted a perfect ending. Now Ive learned, the hard way, that some poems dont rhyme, and some stories dont have a clearbeginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing whats going to happen next." Gilda Radner