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Painting student supports in a new light

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Inside Higher Ed

Among faculty, staff and administrators, the value that academic support offices provide students is clear. Research shows using the writing center or meeting with advisers can improve students’ overall academic achievement, persistence, and graduation rates, particularly for vulnerable student populations. Getting students inside the doors of support offices, on the other hand, can be tricky, as many students hold misconceptions about who needs help or why offices are available to them, explains Aaron Stoller, vice president for student success at Colorado College. To bridge this gap, staff at the Colorado Springs-based college created an intervention—delivered in the first-year seminar—that helps students see learning as a skill they can sharpen and grow and helps them recognize that support offices can guide that expertise. 

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