In Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa examine how the skills students learn (or do not learn) in college affect their life after graduation. In the follow-up to Academically Adrift, the authors aim to go beyond the learning that occurs during the first two years of college. To that extent, they investigate student learning through senior year, academic engagement, social skills, likelihood of being under- or unemployed, independence from parents (both financial and housing), relationship status, civic engagement and attitudes toward the future. Overall, the authors uncover some alarming deficiencies across a wide range of topics. Academic Advisors may be particularly dismayed by the findings in the chapters on student learning and post-college employment.
Are you interested in developing a senior survey? Have you already implemented one that you would like to share? Join the IlliAAC Assessment Committee on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 12-12:50 pm in 164 Noyes for an informal Lunch & Learn session on Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) specifically geared towards Senior Surveys. This will be a brainstorming and discussion session, with the goal of producing a list of potential SLO’s and survey questions that participants could modify for their own use. Feel free to bring your lunch!
Karin Readel, Assessment Chair
When: Thursday, November 13
Time: 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.
Where: 164 Noyes Lab
To paraphrase Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz,
Minors and Certificate Programs, Oh My!
Are you curious about the various minors and certificate programs available to your students? Please join us this Wednesday in Greg Hall to hear the multitude of options available on campus. Bring your lunch and questions!
Where: Greg Hall, room 223
When: Wednesday, October 29th
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Topic: Minors and Certificates
Full list of programs after the jump… [Read more…]
Please join us for a morning discussion about International Students. Representatives from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will give an overview of the International Student experience including culture shock.
When: Wednesday, October 22nd
When: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Where: 242 Bevier Hall
Topic: International Students and Culture Shock.
A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center suggests colleges and universities can help increase student retention rates by focusing on students who fail to obtain degrees, but complete at least two years of schooling.