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New Professionals' Reflections on Engaging Non-Traditional Students.

This session was presented at the "Creating Engaged Communities: The Role of Service-Learning" conference at the St. Cloud State University Welcome Center on May 23, 2011.

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  1. 1. ENGAGING NON-TRADITIONALSTUDENTS AT ST. KATE’SNew Professionals’ ReflectionsBarbara Rogers & Laura Haynes
  2. 2. St. Catherine University Mission St. Catherine University educates students to lead and influence. Inspired by its visionary founding in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, more than a century later the University serves diverse students, with a baccalaureate college for women at its heart and graduate and associate programs for women and men. Location The St. Paul campus is 5 miles from downtown St. Paul, 7 miles from downtown Minneapolis, and sits on 110 wooded acres. The Minneapolis campus is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis and is in close proximity to major health-care facilities. © St. Catherine University 2
  3. 3. St. Catherine University Facts and Figures – Undergrad Student Body Fall 2010 • 26.7% multicultural students • 49.9% traditional age students (18-23) • 91.9% from Minnesota • 97.3% women • 80.5% first-time, full-time students live on campus – Entire Student Body Fall 2010 • 3,830 undergraduate students • 947 associate students • 1,498 graduate students © St. Catherine University 3
  4. 4. Center for Community Work and Learning Mission – Facilitate community engagement to enhance student academic learning and leadership development – Through service-learning, off-campus student employment, and civic engagement – Develop relationships with community partners for social justice and positive impact on global community © St. Catherine University 4
  5. 5. Center for Community Work and Learning Facts and Figures 2010-2011 – Service-Learning Courses • 60 courses across 17 departments offered a community work component,10,500+ hours students spent working in the community – Off-Campus Student Employment • 105 students employed – Civic Engagement Programming • 17 community sites, 325 students participating © St. Catherine University 5
  6. 6. Weekend Program – Established in 1979 – Undergraduate & Graduate – Offer 18 majors and 10 minors – Trimesters • Classes meet 8 times – Two back-to-back weekends – One on-line session – Friday evening, Saturdays, Sundays, some weeknights © St. Catherine University 6
  7. 7. Weekend Program 2010-2011 Demographics – 776 weekend students – 58% full time enrollment – 20% multicultural students – Average student’s age 35 years – 45% are parents – 93% already have some college background © St. Catherine University 7
  8. 8. Challenges to Engaging Weekend Students Institutional Obstacles – Tight weekend format – Conflicting timelines with Day schedule – Finding evening and weekend service opportunities Student Related Challenges – Busy Schedules – Creating meaningful work for older students – Different educational goals © St. Catherine University 8
  9. 9. Benefits of Engaging Weekend Students inCommunity Work – Draws students into campus community and mission – Students bring life experience to service-learning – Community sites benefit from mature workers – Deepens academic learning – Networking and community building possibilities for students © St. Catherine University 9
  10. 10. Service-Learning Community Work and Learning at St. Kate’s Class One-time Group Semester Project-Based Local Immersion Presentation or Individual Individual Experience Experience and Activity Experience Experience Models that work well for the Weekend Program • Project based experience • One-time experience © St. Catherine University 10
  11. 11. Fall 2010: Rhetoric, Civic Participation & Social Justice – Students collaborate with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) – Produced videos highlighting aspects of the Farm Bill – IATP will use them to reach subscribers & through social media avenues such as YouTube – Students built collaboration and technology skills “For me, this project defines a "hands on approach" not only to learning and building upon skills, but to solving problems with a creative consciousness that isnt confined to the walls of a classroom… This project allowed me to dwell in possibilities and fine tune my thinking in regard to what path I would like to take for a future career. Most important… taught us that we dont have to wait until we graduate to act and make difference in our world. We can do it now!” -Weekend student, Beverly Kumar Fall, 2010 Rhetoric, Civic Participation, & Social Justice © St. Catherine University 11
  12. 12.  Ballad of Earl Butz Snack Attack! Pac Man © St. Catherine University 12
  13. 13. Spring 2011- Buyer Behavior & Market Research – Develop marketing research tools for 5 organizations – Provide needed research – Apply classroom concepts in real-world projects © St. Catherine University 13
  14. 14. Examples of One-Time Service-Learning Projects Spring 2011 Biology of Women – Four small group projects “It was so much fun!! I think I might keep going every Tuesday. Its a great way to stay involved and I can bring my family too. Thanks for setting this up.” - Stephanie Samuell Weekend Student © St. Catherine University 14
  15. 15. Other Ways We’ve Engaged Students  Weekend Civic Engagement Programs – Brain Injury Association of MN’s “Cranestorm – Wishes in Flight” – Feed My Starving Children  Off-Campus Student Employment – Community Leadership Program © St. Catherine University 15
  16. 16. Lessons Learned – Thoughtfully present projects to weekend students • Clearly framed with goals and expectations – Respect nontraditional student experience • Avoid assumptions – Create more challenging projects – Flexibility with all parties © St. Catherine University 17
  17. 17. Questions6/17/2011 © St. Catherine University 18