More under-resourced students than ever before are going to college, but colleges and universities sometimes fail to recognize their unique strengths and challenges.
College culture needs students to conform to standards of behavior and academic performance. A deeper understanding of students from poverty helps create conditions that make success achievable, not merely accessible.
By addressing the needs of the under-resourced college student, this workshop provides a wealth of resources for postsecondary education.
Participants will gain tools to improve retention and graduate students. Strategies include:
- Move students from concrete learning to the abstract thinking and planning required in college.
- Tap under-resourced students’ knowledge to redesign programs, policies, and procedures.
- Build relationships of mutual respect.
- Develop high-impact community engagement strategies.
Faculty and staff are transformed by building understanding of the “what and why” of under-resourced college students. The remainder of the workshop is devoted to fostering responsive, “how-to” teaching and program-design ideas that help students succeed.