As institutions of higher education are managing the crisis of a pandemic and facing the uncertainty of the upcoming term, we are inundated with logistical decisions and administrative details. And yet, this is a watershed moment for higher education with respect to our commitment to student access, success, and equity. We have the opportunity to grapple with larger strategic questions such as:
– What roles do student transitions and the first-year experience (FYE) play in representing the culture and brand of the institution and delivering on the promise of an undergraduate education?
– What does it mean to be a student at your institution and how do we provide that experience within the parameters of our current environment?
– In ways are we able to address and ameliorate equity issues that have been highlighted by the pandemic and #BlackLivesMatter movement?
– How do we set a precedent in the first year for the rest of students’ educational experience when we are faced with such uncertainty?
This session will draw upon existing first-year experience data and guidelines for practice to examine these questions and explore the role of fraternity and sorority life as leaders in finding their answers.
AdvanceU attendees will grow in the Core Competencies of Operating Strategically and Driving Results.
Dr. Jennifer Keup
Executive Director, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
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