LSC Hosts Student Success Workshop
Posted at: 09/28/2012 6:22 PM
| Updated at: 09/28/2012 11:05 PM
By: Paige Calhoun
About 100 educators and other staff from Minnesota state colleges and universities took in a lesson of their own Friday. They gathered at Lake Superior College to find out how they can help students be more successful and stay in school. Enrollment at Lake Superior College has continued to rise over the last five years, but the number of students staying enrolled is a different story, "They go up and then down, up and then down, so we're trying to find those keys to help us steadily increase that retention," Mark Magnuson, Vice President of Academic Student Affairs at Lake Superior College said.
Dr. Jillian Kinzie was the keynote speaker, and said there's no silver bullet to student success, but relationships are important, "Making sure students know another adult on campus they can talk to when they have questions, or having a peer they can call and say hey I missed a class, can you help me? That's really important."
Kinzie said educators also need to fully explain to students what it means to come to class prepared, "There's no harm in saying, what that means is you need to read through these two chapters, come with two questions about the readings."
Making sure students get the help they need is also critical. Something Lake Superior College has made a focus. During their first year there, students are given a tour of all of the resources on campus, including the learning center where they can go for tutoring.
Staff there said many students are self-conscious when it comes to asking questions, so they've come up with a solution, "They can just use these cards we've provided. Green means they're good and red means we will help them. That makes it a little less intimidating," Professional Math Tutor Erik Larson said.
Staff hope that what they take away from the workshop will truly be a recipe for success.