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									 Getting Ready for
The Naked Roommate
  Building a College Transition
   Program on Your Campus

      Carolyn Stoddard, Hammond School
    Alex Scovel, University of South Carolina
      Background & Roles

► Higher  Education & Student Affairs
► First-Year Experience Course
► Job Function
   Admissions
   College Counseling
    What we’re hoping to do…
►Understand   first-year transition issues
►Learn about relevant campus services
 and programming for students in
 transition
►Gain ideas on initiating a college
 transition program in your high school
“The class of 2015 was mostly born in 1993, and
  they have grown up with email, cell-phones
  and Starbucks. Most were in third grade on
  Sept. 11, so they are accustomed to heavy
  security and trusting adults in positions of
  authority. Their academic successes have been
  measured in standardized test scores, and their
  social ones are documented in Facebook
  newsfeeds.”
                               - August 10, 2011
     Words that best describe the
     2011-12 cohorts of First-Year
              Students
►   “Millennials”
                          ►   Group-oriented
►   Optimistic
                          ►   Followers
►   High Achieving
                          ►   Dependent
►   Civic-Minded
                          ►   Multicultural
►   Moral
                          ►   Collectivist
►   Over-
    programmed            ►   Non-political
►   Tech-savvy            ►   Conformist
►   Entitled
National Resource Center for the
   First-Year Experience and
     Students in Transition
► Founded   in 1986
► Clearinghouse for research, policy, and best
  practices for all postsecondary student
  transitions
► Supporting and advancing efforts to
  improve student learning and transitions
  into and through higher education
 Two Challenges for First-Year
          Students

►Economic    Realities

►Emotional   Health & Wellness
             Economic Realities
► 40%  of all undergraduates in the US are from low-
  income families
   58% of low-income undergrads are women
   48% of low-income undergrads are students of color
► National Spending on Pell Grants has increased
  but not kept up with the increase in college costs
► Rate of unemployment has increased; currently at
  8.2% nationally and 9.1% in SC
Economic Realities
  College Choice
         ►   Have “major” concerns
             about financing college
         ►   Less likely to:
              go to college over 100 miles
               from home
              Attend their first-choice
               college
         ►   More likely to:
              live with their family
              structure college decisions
               around financial aid
           Economic Realities
          Student Employment
► “Many  Undergraduates Work Long Hours
  Balancing Jobs with Studies” THE CHRONICLE
    23% of FT students work 20 or more hours/week
    62% of PT students work 20 or more hours/week
► The  greater the number of hours worked, the
  more likely students are engaged in off-campus
  employment
► Over half of first-year students report that their
  job responsibilities “interfere with their
  schoolwork” at least occasionally
Personal Challenges During the
          First Year
      Physical Health & Wellness
► High school drinking among new students is decreasing
    Drinking goes up 10-12 percentage-points during the
     first year
    41.6% of male & 27.5% of female colleges students
     regularly binge drink
    Students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and
     psychological disorders report higher rates of drinking
► First-year students experience a decline in hours per week
  spent on exercising or sports & leisure activities
► 41.7% of undergraduates reported getting enough sleep to
  feel rested 2 or fewer days per week
    Emotional Health & Wellness
► The  number of student self-injury cases is rising
► Significant increases in students who enter college
  already on psychotropic medication
► Directors of campus counseling centers report:
   44% of their clients have “severe psychological
    problems”
   7% have impairments such that they cannot remain in
    school or do so with extensive psychological or
    psychiatric help
► Increased  pressure to share concerns about
  troubled students who might pose a risk
         College Services
      How do we Help at USC?
► Counseling  Center   ► Service Learning
► Office of Student    ► Campus Wellness
  Conduct              ► Multicultural Student
► University 101         Affairs
► Living Learning      ► Off-Campus Student
  Communities            Services
► Student Success      ► Leadership Programs
  Center               ► Substance Abuse
► Student Disability     Prevention & Education
  Services             ► Student Organizations
What Colleges Expect of Students
► Autonomy   & Independence
► Responsible for their college experience
► Engaged Learners who can contribute to the
  campus community
► Interests, goals, and dreams
► Bonus traits: Maturity, Resiliency, Drive,
  Authenticity, Honesty, Self-Awareness
 How Does this Translate to High
           Schools?

► Duty to Prepare
► Transitional Cycle
   Brings the college
    process full circle
     ►Search
     ►Apply
     ►Choose
     ►Transition
  Goals for High School Program
► Dispel myths and convey reality
► Provide opportunities for discussion about
  anxieties, plans, hopes
► Offer advice to make an effective academic
  and personal transition while emphasizing
  that the experience is up to them
► Build confidence that they can do it!
               Sample Model
► Half-day  Program         ► Session   Topics
► Split into small groups      Academics
► Sessions                     Money Management
   20 – 30 minutes            Defending Yourself
   Students rotate            Wellness
    through sessions           Getting to Know
   Several presenters          Campus & Making a
    or moderators per           Place for Yourself
    session                    Student Panel of
   Balance of discussion       Alums
    and activity
       Sample Model continued…
► Activities
     Budget Planning
     Roommate Scenarios
     Laundry
     Self-Defense
     Fears Exercise
     Goal Setting
     Talking to Alums
               Presenters
 Tasks                 Who?
  ►Convey  the right     ►Faculty
   message               ►Administrators
  ►Familiarity           ►College Professionals
  ►Respect                  First-Year Experience
                             Courses
  ►Attention
                            Student Affairs
  ►Come Prepared             Professionals
                            Campus Safety
                            Credit Union
                            Career Center
               Schedule
► 8:00 – 8:50 a.m.   Cap & Gown Photos
► 8:50 – 9:00        Introduction & Schedules
► 9:00 – 10:25       Sessions
► 10:25 – 10:45      Break with Snacks
► 10:45 – 12:10      Sessions
► 12:10 – 12:30      Laundry Competition
► 12:30 – 12:45      Wrap Up
► 12:45              BBQ
             Considerations
► Timing
   When to begin transition work?
► Campus     Culture
   Backgrounds, disabilities, activities
► Student   Concerns
   Roommates
   Branching Out
► Pairing   with Another Event
        1st   Attempt Challenges
► Presenters
   Efficient guidance & setting expectations
► Timing
   Balance – enough time for discussion but not
    too long so as to lose attention
► Buy-In
   Students, Faculty, Administration
► Coordination
            Involving Parents
► Suggestions   for Programming
   Opportunity to give parents a voice and expose
    them to college transition issues
► Types   of Programs
   Morning Coffee Talk
   Optional Evening Presentation
   Combined Student/Parent Program
             Suggested Reading
►   The Naked Roommate
       – Harlan Cohen
►   Letting Go, A Parents’ Guide
    to Understanding the College
    Years
       – Coburn and Treeger
► You’re On Your Own (But I’m
  Here If You Need Me)
       – Majorie Savage
► I’ll Miss You Too
       – Woodacre Bane & Bane
      Questions for the Group

► What   have your alums experienced?
► What are you doing at your school for
  transition support?



   Additional questions from the audience?
                    Sources
► NationalResource Center for The First-Year
  Experience and Students in Transition.
    (Slides 6-11 created by Dr. Jennifer Keup,
    Director of NRC)
► “Principles   of Good Practice for Student
  Affairs.”
  www.acpa.nche.edu/pgp/principle.htm
      Contact Info

       Alex Scovel
 University of South Carolina
        scovel@sc.edu


    Carolyn Stoddard
      Hammond School
cstoddard@hammondschool.org

								
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