From the first mailings about Orientation and moments students arrive . . . We have one significant message.Jason McDonald and his team works very hard to recruit the best and the brightest and we are all in the business of retention, helping students become as successful as they can be. Active participation is key. The research shows that those who are more engaged in their education outside of the classroom, are more successful in the classroom and become more invested in their learning. This investment builds affinity toward the institution and everyone in the community benefits.Our role, then is to create the opportunities.Once students take those opportunities, we can educate them on how to build and sustain healthy, productive, and meaningful interpersonal relationships while they are participating.
72 recognized clubs and organizations: Academic/Honor Societies, Cultural Heritage Clubs, Special Interest Groups, Club SportsAnywhere between 20-30 student groups that are not recognized as official clubs, but are active groups within campus departmentsWe even give students the opportunity to participate in the recognition process.We offered a menu of social events that allow students to bond and share common experiences. Some are on campus: Stress reduction day, late night breakfast. But many are local trips to family fun center in Wilsonville; OMNIMAX, Winterhawks hockey games, Portland Shanghi Underground Tours, Touring Shows and Musicals such as Cirque, Lion King, Wicked, West Side Story, Dreamgirls, etc.As pertaining to our mission of educating students about the dignity of humandiversity, we offer a menu of programs: Portland Taiko, Dia De Los Muertos, African American Read-in, Native American storytelling, Cesar Chavez celebration, MLK Day activities, etc.Developmentally, we offer programs that assist students with their growth: Orientation assists them with their transition into the community; Sophomore Soiree assists with building class identity; Junior Parents and Families Weekend assists students with thinking about their future. We also assist students with Alcohol Education Speakers and sexual assault prevention programs.Finally, we offer hands-on laboratory opportunities for students to learn skills in journalism. Beacon(celebrating their 75th anniversary this spring), Log, KDUP
What are the students who get involved learning? How do we know that learning is occurring?Based upon our institution’s mission, the CAS Standards and NACA’s student leader competencies guide, we have developed concrete learning outcomes so that we could better measure what (and to what extent) students are learning.Pre/Post Experience survey tool was developed this past year and administered to selected student leaders working within Student Activities/ASUP/CPB. Self analysis scale was used: where students would rate themselves 1-7 fromimproving to competent to proficient. This is clearly a very small sample size, but I wanted to show you some recent results I was able to measure with the four students I worked with this past year. As you can see, the students self-reported reported growth in every single area.These are elected leaders who graded themselves as generally competent in most areas before the experience, but then graded themselves more closely to proficient after the experience. There is no denying that learning is occurring.
After reviewing the results and my notes from our debrief discussion it was clear to me that the group expressed they had grown collectively in these areas:
Upon closer examination, you could see that learning was accelerated for each person in different ways, concerning where they were at personally when the began the experience.
We are Holy Cross Educators and operate within an educational modelWe pay attention to how student are operating in relation to each other.How students interact with others and in community can be a measure/predictor of success in living our mission of T, F, S.Our vocation is to meet each student where they are at, discern what they need and adapt to assist in the best way possible:AdvisingSupervisingManagingGuidance CounselingMentoringSome cases even serving in a more traditional parental roleWe ask: how are you doing today . . . Then dig deeperWe ask: what are your choices? . . . Then help them flesh them outWe ask: how will this benefit/serve the community? . . . Then help then with a plan.
Here are some visual examples of some of the experiences we are creating each year.Any questions or comments?
Office of Student Activities
Office of Student Activities<br />Presented by Jeromy Koffler, Director<br />May 6, 2010<br />
In support of the tenets of the University mission (Teaching, Faith and Service), the Office of Student Activities exists to facilitate active participation in extracurricular activities and leadership. <br /> <br />We provide a dynamic environment that creates educational opportunities for students to learn and practice decision-making as it relates to their core values and the benefits of the community.<br /> <br />Through active mentorship, we promote a complex understanding of the dignity of human diversity, the formation of productive relationships, responsible citizenship, and life-long learning.<br />OSA Mission Statement<br />
“We expect that you will get involved.”<br /> Recruitment<br /> Active Participation<br /> Retention<br />Productive, Healthy Relationships<br />Productive, Healthy Relationships<br />Opportunities for Learning<br />
Delegating Tasks<br />Creating a vision for an organization<br />Making decisions based upon information from a variety of sources<br />Implementing appropriate risk management strategies<br />Working to avert, diffuse, or resolve conflicts<br />Speaking or facilitating to a larger audience<br />Constructing resume with clear objectives<br />What did they say they learned?<br />
President: Developing a thoughtful presentation; Creating a vision for the organization<br />Vice President: Delegating tasks<br />Treasurer: Collaborating effectively; Making the connection of a project/event to the mission of an organization<br />Secretary: Reviewing the group’s performance, Constructing a resume<br />Individual Learning<br />