The Civitas Learning National Advisory Board is comprised of researchers, association leaders, and executives whose expertise has influenced higher education policy and institutional practice across the United States and around the world, and has guided our work from day one. With the NAB Conversation Series
, we are thrilled to give our community an opportunity to learn from these luminaries as we continue our work together to help more, and more diverse students learn well and finish strong. I wanted to give you a taste of these conversations just to help catalyze conversations on your own campuses or in your own communities.
For example, during the conversation with Dr. Vince Tinto, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University, one of our community members asked: “How do we ensure results and sustainability of student success programs over time?” In his response, Dr. Tinto recommends a “pre-mortem.” That means thinking first about what will happen after a grant runs out, or after the team moves on to the next “new thing” … and, most important, instrumenting the program appropriately from the beginning to ensure you can learn from the work and improve it over time, which is the real trick to mapping a path toward sustainability.
Watch a snippet of this conversation below.
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Our community was also curious about what influences students’ motivation to persist to completion. Dr. Tinto called out four factors:
Messages students get from an institution — of encouragement and inclusion need to be a critical part of these programs as well.
- Clear goals,
- A sense of self efficacy, do students believe they can succeed?
- A sense of belonging.
- Whether otr not students feel that what they are studying is relevant to the life and careers they want to pursue.
The goal of these messages – delivered electronically but also by advisors, peer mentors, financial aid staff, registrar’s office, and all across the institution – should be to normalize struggle for students, so they don’t feel alone in navigating challenges.