Becoming “Student-Ready”

Over the last year, we’ve been using the phrase “student-ready” to describe what’s at the heart of Grand View’s approach to student success. It’s a phrase we’ve heard a lot, but one whose simplicity belies its the dramatic reorientation it asks of us. Traditionally, the discourse in higher education has focused on “college-ready students.” In other words, are our students ready for us? Do they have the necessary preparation in [insert academic subject here]? Do they understand the things we’ll be asking of them, and the necessity of doing those things correctly? Those are legitimate questions to ask, but if they’re the only way we think about our students, we risk seeing them solely as problems, as deficits, as problems to by fixed. And thus the conversation stays stuck in what students can’t do, instead of what they can.

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The Importance of Attendance

This week, we’re interrupting our regularly-scheduled series of posts on Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles to dive into an issue that has immediate relevance for us and our students: attendance. Now that low midterm grades have been reported, and students who are in need of different academic strategies are acutely aware of that fact, it may be worth revisiting with them how much impact attendance (and the lack thereof) actually has on their course grade and overall academic performance. Continue reading “The Importance of Attendance”