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Sep 23 / Monica Brockmeyer

Resources for Supporting Student Success

Student success is achievable through the efforts of us all – faculty, staff and students. Our goal is to enhance student learning at WSU by locally implementing national best practices in success and learning that positively impact our retention and graduation rates. I’ve highlighted a few campus offices and national research initiatives below.  I believe theses resources will aid in a campus-wide dialogue about how we can work together to provide undergraduate students with the best and most supported learning environment at a premier urban, public research university.

The Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL)
We support all members of the Wayne State University teaching and learning community. To help you get started, we offer one to one consultations tailored to meet your needs. Be it course design, syllabus construction, teaching strategies, or using instructional technologies, our team of experienced faculty development consultants offer practical insight and information that will benefit your students’ learning experiences.

Academic Success Center
Direct students to our supplemental instruction sessions, study skills counseling or workshops to complement classroom work. We work with faculty in a variety of ways and our coordinator for peer assisted learning can establish/grow a supplemental instruction session for a course.

Student Disability Services
Our specialists work with students to provide reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities on campus. We also work with faculty to provide exam accommodations for students who present proper documentation both to our office and the faculty member. We encourage incorporating universal design of instruction elements within the classroom in order to enhance all students’ learning.

Counseling and Psychological Services
Enrolled students can come by the office for free counseling services. Clinical staff members are available for consultation services on how to respond to students’ emotional and psychological needs as well as for outreach activities. In the instance you are concerned about a student’s behavior and don’t know what to do, you can complete a CARE report, which goes directly to the Dean of Student’s Office to be reviewed. Our staff members will work together to care for any student.

University Counselors, Academic Service Officers and faculty members all play a role in advising undergraduate students; that is, having an open dialogue with students regarding their academic and course plan in order to graduate in a timely manner. Over the past three years, WSU has hired 38 academic advisors in order to increase student access to professional staff members who guide and monitor student progress toward degree attainment.

Students have access to advisors by visiting or calling their department or school/college to arrange an appointment or through a newer online scheduling tool. We recommend that students meet with an advisor within their field of study at least once each semester in order to plan appropriately and stay on track to graduation.

Career Services
A 2014 Noel-Levitz study of freshmen attitudes indicates that by the midpoint of their first year in college, students build academic confidence and then begin to question career opportunities and salaries. Let students know, especially first-year students, that Career Services is ready to meet with them and begin to help them answer these questions.

A Guide to High-Impact Practices
Certain types of undergraduate college experiences provide superior learning opportunities linked to greater retention and graduation rates for students. These high-impact practices include a number of educational experiences — learning communities; undergraduate research; writing-intensive courses; collaborative assignments and projects; service/community-based learning; diversity/global learning; common intellectual experiences; first-year seminars and experiences; internships; and capstone courses and projects. At Wayne State, we believe that success is about achieving a level of preparation in terms of knowledge, capabilities and personal qualities that enable students to thrive and contribute in a fast-changing economy and in turbulent, high-demanding global, societal and often personal contexts.

Keep in mind that there are online tools to help plan your academic year. The academic and registration calendar for 2014-15, and the two subsequent years, is available and lists important dates and deadlines for the campus community. The Office of the Registrar site hosts a number of other resources that guide faculty through administrative processes like how to submit grades for Early Academic Assessment (EAA) and run a degree audit.

We encourage the WSU community to utilize the support services available on campus. We’re looking forward to the 146th academic year at Wayne State. Welcome back.

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