You Belong Here
How Faculty Can Help With Student Retention
- Ask Students how things Are going. Demonstrate and communicate the ways you care about and believe in them. Be present and available.
- Inform Students of Resources on campus and online that will help them be successful in a specific course or in their major.
- Create an environment that encourages dialog with students and engage with students outside of class time.
- Let students know the best way to reach out to you if they have questions.
- Help students focus on academic and career goals. Relate coursework to each student's life purpose or professional goals.
- If a student is not attending, doing poorly, or if you suspect a student is considering dropping out, ask him or her about it and offer assistance. If you see a student struggling, reach out or notify the campus care team.
- Work closely with academic advisors through SSC Campus.
- Incorporate active and collaborative approaches to teaching and learning. Practice inclusive teaching and diverse assessment to meet the needs of all students.
- Provide opportunities for students to become engaged with other students as part of their academic program.
- Remind students that we are glad they are here and that they are important.
How Staff Can Help With Student Retention
- Ask students how things are going. Demonstrate and communicate the ways you care about them. Be present and available.
- Be enthusiastic and helpful at all times. Positive energy is contagious.
- Inform students of resources on campus that may be helpful to them.
- Take a moment to call and connect students to faculty or staff who may be able to assist when they express need.
- If a student is not attending, doing poorly, or if you suspect a student is considering dropping out, ask him or her about it and connect them with help. If you see a student struggling, reach out or notify the campus care team.
- Tell your own story. Sometimes hearing that others have faced similar situations or circumstances is helpful and motivational.
- Encourage students to engage in extracurricular activities on campus or in the community.
- Help students to connect with community, peers, and classmates.
- Make students more aware of UWF as an institution and how to make the most of their time here.
- Remind students that we are glad they are here and that they are an important part of the UWF family.
How You and Your Peers Can Be Successful
- Ask your classmates and peers how things are going.
- Get to know your professors and encourage your classmates and peers to do the same.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions and ask for help. Faculty and staff are here to support you.
- Inform classmates and peers of resources that you have found useful in your academic career. Share resources that you use on campus, online, and in the community.
- Create a circle of academic, professional, and personal support. This can include family, friends, and mentors. Check in with them frequently.
- If a classmate or peer appears to be in trouble, encourage them to talk to a professor or advisor. If necessary, report your concern to a faculty or staff member to get help.
- Be a listening ear to friends and peers who may just need to talk. Share your story. It is nice to know that others face similar circumstances.
- Encourage your peers and classmates to get involved on campus and in the community.
- Connect and have conversations with classmates outside of class. You may have similar goals.
- Remember that YOU are an important part of the UWF family. We're glad you're here!
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