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B EYOND THE F IRST Y EAR : M EETING THE N EEDS OF S ECOND Y EAR S TUDENTS Ana Romero, Residence Hall Director Matthew Tombaugh, Area Coordinator Northern.

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1 B EYOND THE F IRST Y EAR : M EETING THE N EEDS OF S ECOND Y EAR S TUDENTS Ana Romero, Residence Hall Director Matthew Tombaugh, Area Coordinator Northern Arizona University

2 O VERVIEW Introduction Why is this topic relevant Second year student needs Our journey Developing your own model

3 W HY IS THIS TOPIC RELEVANT Sophomores continue to struggle with transitions Moving into a less structured environment Retention continues to be a strong focus area Second highest drop (2009: 71% 1 st yr vs. 60% 2 nd yr.) Performance based funding Furthering identity development Character, personality and value development

4 S ECOND Y EAR S TUDENT N EEDS May begin to feel unimportant Begin to question if college was the right choice Seeking sense of belonging and meaningful experiences More critical of peer relationships Continued exploration of majors Lack of satisfaction with faculty interaction Interest in connecting classroom material with out-of-classroom experiences Unsure of how to improve grades Transition IssuesAcademics

5 S ECOND Y EAR S TUDENT N EEDS Interest in taking on more leadership opportunities Service and giving back to the community becomes more important Desire to study abroad Interest in making more clear career decisions Want to gain applicable career skills Need preparation for internships and future employment EngagementCareer Development

6 O UR JOURNEY Our Departmental Model Progression from Freshmen Connections 2007 SYE Conference Impact and Cost Last Year: First Four Weeks The structure and what it accomplished The year in overview This Year: First Four Weeks and Beyond Creating structure and accountability: Programming and one on one conversations and where were going.

7 Connecting with Residents Residents Connect with Each Other Educate: Academic Success Inclusive Communities Community & Civic Engagement Health, Wellness & Personal Development Connections to NAU Connections to the World

8 O UR JOURNEY Our Departmental Model Progression from Freshmen Connections 2007 SYE Conference Impact and Cost Last Year: First Four Weeks The structure and what it accomplished The year in overview This Year: First Four Weeks and Beyond Creating structure and accountability: Programming and one on one conversations and where were going.

9 Week 1: Connect to NAU Week 2: Community Living Week 3: Academic Success Week 4: Health & Wellness Week 5: Community Service Week 6: Explore Your World Each week comes with suggested activities, conversation starters and expectations. Freshman Connections: First 6 Weeks!

10 O UR JOURNEY Our Departmental Model Progression from Freshmen Connections 2007 SYE Conference Impact and Cost Last Year: First Four Weeks The structure and what it accomplished The year in overview This Year: First Four Weeks and Beyond Creating structure and accountability: Programming and one on one conversations and where were going.

11 Last Year: First Four Weeks Week 1: (Re)connect to NAU Week 2: Academic Success Week 3: Personal Growth Week 4: Global Citizenship

12 O UR JOURNEY Our Departmental Model Progression from Freshmen Connections 2007 SYE Conference Impact and Cost Last Year: First Four Weeks The structure and what it accomplished The year in overview This Year: First Four Weeks and Beyond Creating structure and accountability: Programming and one on one conversations and where were going.

13 S ECOND Y EAR E XPERIENCE : THE F IRST F OUR W EEKS AND B EYOND ! Year Overview: First Four Weeks focus on Connection Building and giving a taste of 3 focus areas. Academic Success: Minute to Win It Personal Growth: Photo Hike Global Citizenship: Amazing Race End of September through end of October: Engage each resident 1:1 in reflection. November: Create activities focused around Personal Growth and Development. January to mid-February: Engage each resident 1:1 in reflecting about academic success. Late February to Spring Break: Create activities focused around Inclusive Communities Returning from Spring Break: Create activities focused around Global Citizenship. April: Engage residents 1:1 in reflecting on their year to assist closure and transition.

14 L ESSONS L EARNED Planning cant begin too early Creating investment and buy-in takes time Expectations need to be clear and understood Training and on-going skill building is key More yet to be learned

15 W HAT S NEXT ? Further development of assessment to measure outcomes (possible creation of focus groups) Continued and revised staff training Looking at the timing and ratio of programs to conversations Proposal of a SYE focused community Review alignment between the first and second year experiences More communication up-front to incoming students

16 D EVELOPING YOUR OWN MODEL Consider: Institutional/departmental values. Where have you been? What is your population? What are you trying to achieve? Resources available. How do you get buy-in? How do you provide initial and on-going training? How will you assess?

17 Q UESTIONS ? Thank you for attending this session! Presenter info: Ana Romero Matthew Tombaugh


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